Walking and cycling are multisensory experiences including vision, auditory, somatic sensation, olfaction and vestibular sensory stimulation. Therefore, to fundamentally understand the relationship between the built environment and its ability to make active transport modes a good experience, one needs to study the cognitive processes while walking and cycling.
The Research Project “Engaging Active Mobility” aims at understanding what is needed to make walking and cycling viable modes of transport in tropical towns and high density cities and how autonomous vehicles can create synergies with slow modes of transport. The research will build on the insight that pedestrians and cyclist engage in an immediate relation with the built environment.
To understand what is needed to make walking and cycling viable modes of transport in tropical towns and emerging cities, we apply a multi-method approach, including innovative survey approaches and virtual reality applications. These methods allow us to understand current challenges for walking and cycling in Singapore and test how retrofitted and newly designed streetscapes will impact travel choices. Those insights will form the fundament towards an evidence-based approach to design future streets that are attractive for walking and cycling and can integrated with autonomous vehicles.
As such, this research aims at integrating insights from cognitive psychology, new data sources and survey instruments, simulation tools and virtual reality applications, as well as civic engagement into the science and practice of urban transport planning.
Collaborating with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), we explored what people value when walking in Singapore’s dense city centre and tropical climate and developed software tools that enable urban designers to better plan for Walkability.
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