Walkability survey tool
The main objective of walkability surveys is to benchmark cities against different walkability parameters and to inform policy makers, development agencies and other stakeholders on the results to enable them to improve walkability. Several methodologies exist in Asia to assess walkability and they vary with regard to the emphasis in qualitative or quantitative assessment, components, sampling and scoring. The most comprehensive is the Global Walkability Index (GWI) developed by the World Bank. The CAI-Asia Center through a project with the Asian Development Bank modified the methodology to reflect pedestrian route assessment and included a field walkability survey similar to the GWI, a pedestrian preference survey and a government policy and institutional survey. This revised methodology allows not only the comparison of pedestrian infrastructure and support in terms of policies and services in different cities but also identifies specific actions that cities can take to improve their infrastructure, as well as provide inputs to related policies and services.