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Residents’ acceptance towards car-free street experiments: focus on perceived quality of life and neighborhood attachment

Marcheschi, Elizabeth and Vogel, Nina and Larsson, Anders and Perander, Sonja and Koglin, Till (2022). Residents’ acceptance towards car-free street experiments: focus on perceived quality of life and neighborhood attachment. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives. 14 , 100585
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Abstract

While the twentieth century was dominated by private car usage, shifts towards more sustainable urban mobility, to mitigate environmental damage and increase health benefits, are now taking place. In Scandinavia, several car-free street experiments take form, that span from permanent car-free inner-city plans (i.e. Oslo) to temporary interventions (i.e. pop-up plaza and parklets) to shift the use of urban settings and infrastructures from motorised traffic towards spaces for people and social interactions. Specifically, in Sweden, transitory car-free street experiments (i.e. summer streets) are developed with the purpose of creating novel mobility patterns and uses of public spaces that enhance social inclusion and quality of life. Despite Swedish municipalities’ monitoring of these interventions, very little is known about which physical parameters (i.e. environmental qualities) and psychosocial processes (i.e. emotional relation with places) affect people’s acceptance and place usability during car-free initiatives. Following the guidelines proposed by the European Commission, this paper focuses on residents’ perception of car-free street experiments. The aim is to identify how acceptance and usability of car-free street experiments might vary depending on the perceived qualities of the physical urban settings and on interceding psychosocial processes such as, neighborhood attachment and perceived quality of life. An interdisciplinary methodology of investigation merging knowledge from the field of environmental psychology, landscape architecture, urban transport and planning was applied on four case studies in Sweden. Results suggest that psychosocial processes of place attachment and quality of life are relevant in order to understand the level of acceptance towards car-free streets implementations.

Authors/Creators:Marcheschi, Elizabeth and Vogel, Nina and Larsson, Anders and Perander, Sonja and Koglin, Till
Title:Residents’ acceptance towards car-free street experiments: focus on perceived quality of life and neighborhood attachment
Series Name/Journal:Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:14
Article number:100585
Number of Pages:10
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Keywords:Car-free street experiments, Usability and acceptance of car-free streets, Residents' perception, Neighbourhood attachment, Quality of life
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116439
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116439
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DOI10.1016/j.trip.2022.100585
ID Code:27425
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
(LTJ, LTV) > Department of People and Society (from 2021)
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:24 Mar 2022 09:25
Metadata Last Modified:27 May 2022 08:23

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