Anthropology professor Martha Rees and Sociology Professor Yvonne Newsome listen to Kimberly Reeves’ presentation on he research concerning attitudes toward commuting by foot.
“It’s a Walk in the Park: Determining the Walkability of the Agnes Scott College Campus, Decatur, Georgia,” by Kimberly Reeves. Faculty mentor: Professor Martha Rees
Abstract: “Many factors influence the walkability of a community, including street width, speed limit, bike paths,pollution, and gender. The walkability of a city reduces the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere and the betterment of communities by bringing people together, beautifying cities, and creating safer environments. Through focus groups and surveys, conclusions show what factors influence the walkable or non-walkable community at Agnes Scott College. Safety, weather, and time restraint were the main factors that caused people to refrain from walking further. This paper strives to understand the other main factors that cause people to not walk.”
Comment from James Diedrick: Kimberly Reeves gave an excellent presentation on attitudes toward walking (as opposed to driving) to and from the Agnes Scott campus. Did you know some students drive from the Avery Glen apartments to campus some days? During the Q&A we discussed class, race and gender issues in relation to walking, why certain streets in Decatur have no sidewalks, and the differences between cities like Chicago and Atlanta when it comes to pedestrian-friendly roads and neighborhoods.