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In Health & place

Although the pedestrian-friendly qualities of streetscapes promote walking, quantitative understanding of streetscape functionality remains insufficient. This study proposed a novel automated method to assess streetscape walkability (SW) using semantic segmentation and statistical modeling on Google Street View images. Using compositions of segmented streetscape elements, such as buildings and street trees, a regression-style model was built to predict SW, scored using a human-based auditing method. Older female active leisure walkers living in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, are associated with SW scores estimated by the model (OR = 3.783; 95% CI = 1.459 to 10.409), but male walkers are not.

Nagata Shohei, Nakaya Tomoki, Hanibuchi Tomoya, Amagasa Shiho, Kikuchi Hiroyuki, Inoue Shigeru

2020-Sep-22

Deep learning, Google street view, Neighborhood walkability, Semantic segmentation, Walking behavior