Neighborhood walkability in a city within a developing country

Sedigheh Lotfi*, Mohammad Javad Koohsari

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Walking has an important role in improving public health. In the last decade, there has been a growing body of literature in public health, transportation, and urban design, which has analyzed the role of the built environment on physical activity, typically walking. Although these issues have received considerable attention in developed countries, few studies exist in developing countries such as Iran. The present study is the first study in the capital city of Iran: Tehran. This paper aims to analyze the objective measuring of the built environment in relation to walking in some neighborhoods of Tehran city. The results are then compared with the level of self-reported walking among elderly people in the study area. The results revealed that elderly people who live in high-walkable neighborhoods walk more frequently than those who live in low-walkable neighborhoods regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-408
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urban Planning and Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 13
Externally publishedYes


  • Built environment
  • Iran
  • Measures
  • Neighborhood
  • Physical activity
  • Tehran
  • Walkability
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


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