Mapping Walking Accessibility, Bus Availability, and Car Dependence: A Case Study of Xiamen, China

  • Hui WangEmail author
Part of the Strategies for Sustainability book series (STSU)


As stated in the existing literature, travel behavior and transportation choice are closely related to urban forms and the built environment. The study presented in this chapter attempts to conduct a citywide evaluation of the walking accessibility to urban facilities and the availability of public transport, as well as relevant potential car dependence. By taking the city of Xiamen, China, as a case study, the current study generates some useful information vis-à-vis both public transport and urban facility providers, by illustrating the city’s spatial patterns and identifying problematic areas. The methodology developed in this study might also serve as a reference for future studies.


Sustainable transportation Walking accessibility Bus availability Car dependence Xiamen 



The research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project Item: No. 41071101), the Research Fellowship Scheme (2011–2012) at Peking University-Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Project Item: No. FS-20110901), and the Research Start-up Fund for Introduced Talents at Xiamen University.

The author thanks three graduate students, Huang Jiuju, Li Yongling, and Yan Xin, in the Department of Urban Planning, Xiamen University, for their assistance in collecting and processing data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban PlanningXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.Cross-Straits Institute of Urban Planning at Xiamen UniversityXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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