Pedestrian Accessibility of Historical Centres: A Key Determinant of Development

  • Maurizio TiraEmail author
Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)


Walking is being increasingly promoted as a sustainable solution for private mobility in urban areas, especially in historical centres. The key factors for pedestrian accessibility are limited physical distances, availability of dedicated infrastructure, behaviour of car drivers, and several other urban space qualities. Health care services are trying to save money by preventing diseases through the promotion of walking. In contrast, traders, retailers, and shopkeepers believe that car traffic is vital for the economical sustainability of their activities downtown where the number of residents has declined significantly. The purpose of this chapter is to assess the conditions for people to walk more and to foster the possible solutions for coaxing people to leave cars and increase their walking, especially to historical centres. What has been quite difficult to achieve so far could be reached through a coalition of interests, especially where the townscape has not been conceived for cars.


Pedestrian accessibility Historic centre Infrastructural planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil, Architectural, Land and Environmental Engineering and Mathematics; Brixia Accessibility LabUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly

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