Designing a runner friendly city. The role of crowdsourced data in urban landscape design

T. Dolders, M. Reiling, M. Brinkhuisen, R.J.A. van Lammeren

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Abstract

Stimulation of sports has become increasingly vital in urban planning. Sports is strongly

related to economy and health issues and many cities are in favour to promote urban public

space as main stage for a more healthy way of living. The study domain of physical activity

and built environment (PABE) studies the environmental-behaviour relationships but

doesn’t offer yet design principles to facilitate the planning of running facilities. In this

paper we present design principles derived from crowdsourced data to improve the spatial

conditions of urban public space for running. The crowdsourced data of 110.000 running

activities from mobile Apps ( Strava, Runkeeper) have been analysed to gain insight in

spatial behaviour of runners and spatial requirements that determine this behaviour. The

data is gathered for Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Differences of running locations are

studied taking into consideration a variety of target groups (long and short distance

runners), times (light and dark hours, days of the week) and physical conditions (outdoor

temperatures). The findings of the crowdsourced analysis is verified by on-site surveys in

which runners were questioned to explain their spatial experiences during running. Design

principles were derived from the analysis results and its verification and applied on two

locations of Amsterdam. The derived principles show planning options for a more runner

friendly city consisting of slow traffic networks that are well recognizable, uninterrupted,

with clear start-stop locations and certain distances. Discussion of the pros and cons of this

crowdsourced data approach finalizes the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference urban e-planning: recent developments, emerging issues and future challenges - Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 31 Mar 20161 Apr 2016
https://sites.google.com/site/ijepr2016conference/program-full

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ConferenceInternational Conference urban e-planning: recent developments, emerging issues and future challenges
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period31/03/161/04/16
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    Dolders, T., Reiling, M., Brinkhuisen, M., & van Lammeren, R. J. A. (2016). Designing a runner friendly city. The role of crowdsourced data in urban landscape design. Abstract from International Conference urban e-planning: recent developments, emerging issues and future challenges, Lisbon, Portugal.