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Mobility and Connectivity
Within every mixed-use development, there is need for coherent movement strategies. People within the development should be connected seamlessly to their destinations by having easy access to transportation facilities. It is imperative for the district to have closely grained mixed uses, particularly with important activities that support daily life. These activities include: housing, employment, shopping, education, socialising, healthcare and recreation. They should be within a comfortable walking distance from residences catering to the less mobile populace such as the disabled, elderly, children and other marginalised s. A fine grained mix of uses further increases opportunities for marginal and part-time employment.
For a district to be permeable and accessible, all varieties of uses and activities must be within a 400 m radius creating a total distance of approximately 800 m diameter which equates to a 125 acre (50 ha) plot of land (Duany and Plater-Zyberk 1990). Understanding how places function is entirely depending on the movement flow that is connecting people to places within and surrounding the development area. People chose their desired route based on route directness, route quality, safety, comfort and enjoyment while walking (Mastura 2013). To a certain degree, pedestrians agreed on the interesting aspects of certain routes in KLCC International Zone area as they cut through markets and outlets which create a curiosity while walking (see Fig. 1.8). Pikora’s finding that neighborhoods with attractive and
Fig. 1.8 Variety of route choices allow good experience among the community generating life and activity within the KLCC zone (Mastura 2013)
comfortable pedestrian facilities with close proximity to the local destinations such as shops and public transport are significantly associated to walking near home (Pikora et al. 2006).
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