The development of a walkability index: application to the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study

Br J Sports Med. 2010 Oct;44(13):924-33. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2009.058701. Epub 2009 Apr 29.


Emerging evidence supports a link between neighbourhood built environment and physical activity. Systematic methodologies for characterising neighbourhood built environment are needed that take advantage of available population information such as census-level demographics. Based on transportation and urban planning literatures, an integrated index for operationalising walkability using parcel-level information is proposed. Validity of the walkability index is examined through travel surveys among areas examined in the Neighborhood Quality of Life Study (NQLS), a study investigating built environment correlates of adults' physical activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Environment Design*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Quality of Life*
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Urban Health
  • Walking / physiology*