Publication

Walk a mile in my shoes! An autoethnographical perspective of urban walkability in Galway

Hynes, Mike
Citation
Hynes, Mike. Walk a Mile in My Shoes! An Autoethnographical Perspective of Urban Walkability in Galway. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 0(0), 08912416221075324. doi:10.1177/08912416221075324
Abstract
The need to reverse the harmful economic, social and environmental effects of car-dependent cities has intensified as evidence of its costs on health, communities, local economies, and climate change goals becomes more apparent. Part solution must be a focus on reducing the need for private car use and increasing instances of active and sustainable transportation such as walking. Walkability is the measure of how walking-friendly an area is for individuals and includes concerns such as the built environment and connectivity to key amenities and additional transport options. This study presents an autoethnography of walking in Galway. By ¿experiencing¿ the author¿s walk to work, it points to the lack of concern for the crucial features of walkability that would make this an attractive option for many in the city. The aim is to better inform community actors and policymakers on how to enhance urban design and planning with respect to walkability.
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Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publisher DOI
10.1177/08912416221075324
Rights
CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IE