Pedestrian Connectivity

The HCI Pedestrian Connectivity indicator is a measure of the density of street intersections, availability of sidewalks or paths, and how closely intersections are spaced to access how easily residents can navigate the neighborhood using active transportation modes of travel (i.e., walking, biking or any method of travel that involves human energy). This indicator is the most commonly used measure of the quality of the pedestrian environment as a large number of intersections per square mile tends to correlate with a well-connected grid of streets and smaller block sizes. When looking at the built environment and travel behavior, pedestrian connectivity shows a strong link to the number of walk trips taken by residents and increased physical activity. Posted under Transportation Services, pedestrian connectivity is also linked to neighborhood characteristics, economic health, housing, health systems and public safety, education, and employment. Data are available through the EPA’s Smart Location Database.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 196.5 1
Charles 147.3 7
College Hill 138.5 11
Downtown 63.1 25
Elmhurst 128 15
Elmwood 149.2 5
Federal Hill 134.1 12
Fox Point 157.8 4
Hartford 76.8 24
Hope 140.6 10
Lower South Providence 182.9 3
Manton 104.3 20
Mount Hope 145.5 8
Mount Pleasant 188.6 2
Olneyville 112.1 18
Reservoir 99.8 21
Silver Lake 109.5 19
Smith Hill 83.4 23
South Elmwood 117.2 17
Upper South Providence 132.4 13
Valley 149.1 6
Wanskuck 142 9
Washington Park 97.1 22
Wayland 119 16
West End 129.9 14

Key Citations:
1. Ewing R, Cervero R. Travel and the built environment: a meta-analysis. Journal of the American Planning Association. 2010;76:3(2010):265-294.
2. Frank L., et al. Many pathways from land use to health: associations between neighborhood walkability and active transportation, body mass index, and air quality,” Journal of the American Planning Association. Winter 2006;72(1):75-87.