Public space overview
Summary of indicator
To measure walking access to public spaces and the proportion of land that is reserved for public space.
To foster social value (participation, social contact and cohesion), local community facilities that enable people to come together both regularly or in times of crisis, and street space that can be used temporally to host social events such as weekly markets or seasonal concerts should be provided.
This indicator will support practitioners to understand how accessible public space is to a community. Based on the outcome of the assessment, practitioners can determine whether consideration could be given to increase access to public space, either through the creation of new public space, increased housing density, or additional pedestrian access routes.
Practitioners can use the population accessing public space metric to measure the population within 5- and 10-minute (400m and 800m) walking catchments of public space.
Practitioners can use the proportion of public space metric to measure the percentage of existing public space accessible to the community.
Metrics in detail