2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Street Connectivity and Student Walking

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Activity ID: NPC187097

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  • Apply a network optimization routine for planning housing developments
  • Small transportation connections can greatly increase the number of residences within walking distance of a school
  • Nudge developers to build more street connections, greenways, and trails in their projects


It is believed that expanding street connectivity, greenways, and trails would allow for more households and students to be included in the walking distance to schools. This should reduce the number of students bussed to school and affect student health by increasing the likelihood of actively commuting to school. We show that small changes in street connectivity result in big gains for student walking. Advanced network-optimization techniques to locate street connections maximize residences within the walking distance. These results can help justify the development of streets, greenways, and trails.

Session Speakers

Jeremy Auerbach
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN