Measuring community severance

Job van Eldijk

As a consequence of the ongoing process of urbanisation and densification, more and more highways and railways are running through our cities. As these infrastructural spaces need to be continuous, they often create barriers which separate different parts of the city. This separating effect of infrastructure is termed ‘community severance’ and relates to the reduction of possibilities to travel by foot and bicycle in the city. In turn, community severance has negative consequences for social integration, the transition to more sustainable transportation modes, and for public health.

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Alingsås. Closeness centrality at radius 1200m if the E20 motorway would be decked over

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Alingsås. Closeness centrality at radius 1200m in existing situation

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Project timeframe: 2016  –  2022