Walkability in Jordan (A review of existing pedestrian and sidewalk indices)

  • Majida Yakhlef
Keywords: walkability, pedestrians, sidewalks, urban sustainability, Amman, Jordan.


The acknowledgment of walkability as an essential element of sustainability and urban planning endeavors is particularly significant in cities characterized by a substantial presence of motor vehicles, such as Amman, the capital of Jordan. However, it is worth noting that Amman has challenges regarding walkability and its associated factors. This literature review aims to compare the walkability of Jordan by examining various assessment and evaluation tools used in the field. These tools include pedestrian and sidewalk indices, GIS-based models, pedestrian level of service (PLOS) measures, Google Street View, WalkScore, and the pedestrian index of the environment (PIE). These tools aim to determine the extent to which the built environment is suitable for walking. The primary data source utilized in this study is a walking observational analysis. The research findings indicate that walkers encounter several impediments and problems, with the primary challenge being the lack of comprehensive tools for assessing walkability, such as a Geographic Information System (GIS) database, which would enable an objective evaluation of the built environment. Additional issues include the illicit utilization of sidewalks, inadequate governmental oversight and supervision of infrastructure upkeep, and the execution of sidewalk design and regulatory measures.

Of urban phenomena and propose Consequently, they are reducing the walkability of the urban area. This study provides a concise assessment of the state of sidewalks in Amman, highlighting their significance as drivers for improving built environments and public health. The objective is to enhance our comprehension of practical strategies for enhancing sidewalk design practices.

How to Cite
Majida Yakhlef. (2023). Walkability in Jordan (A review of existing pedestrian and sidewalk indices). Design Engineering, (1), 509 - 522. Retrieved from http://thedesignengineering.com/index.php/DE/article/view/9872