Local living overview
Summary of indicator
To measure access to a varied type of local living needs that will enhance the amenity and convenience of an area, ensuring that people can readily access destinations and services they require to manage their day-to-day needs.
Liveability starts with health and wellbeing – for most people, the best forms of physical activity are those they can incorporate into everyday life. Walking to and from key destinations enables individuals to attain their daily physical activity needs as part of their regular commute. A local environment that provides for peoples’ daily needs within walking distance of where they live is thus a key component of health that transport, and associated networks, can play.
This indicator will support practitioners to understand the aspects of local liveability, which provides walkable access to everyday community destinations, and is a key national liveability indicator. Based on the outcome of the assessment, practitioners can determine whether considerations on increased amenity should be made in their project or design.
Practitioners can use the walkable access to local living needs metric to measure whether people can conveniently access (within an 800m walking catchment) local living needs.
Walkable access to local living needs
- To enrich the POI data source, manual collection of entry points to facilities could be undertaken to improve accuracy
- Cycling access to local living needs could be considered
- If data is available, other relevant POIs that could be included in the analysis are: convenience store, specialty food stores (i.e. butcher/greengrocer), bank, pharmacy, dentist, doctor.
Metric in detail