Poster: Pedestrian Level of Service for Small Cities

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The City of Lawrence, KS has developed a pedestrian level of service tool to measure pedestrian friendliness for each road segment in the city. The pedestrian level of service methodology designed by the Federal Highway Administration uses the same measurements used for vehicles: flow rate and congestion. These measurements do not accurately describe the pedestrian friendliness of streets in Lawrence, KS.  

The Pedestrian Network Design Grades tool was created to include measurements of the pedestrian environment that better described desireable and undesireable places to walk in Lawrence. The model can be easily adapted to fit the needs of any city using commonly collected GIS data. Different metrics can be included and weighted to create a pedestrian level of service score that favors the pedestrian factors one deems most important. This adaptability allows cities to decide if they want to measure pedestrian level of service based on efficiency, amenities, comfort, or any number of factors. 

The composite grades developed with this tool allow planners and decision-makers to prioritize limited resources to pedestrian improvements along specific road segments, corridors, or neighborhoods that are most in need.


Adam Weigel , Lawrence , KS (see bio)