Naif Alanazi works in the area of sustainable transportation and urban planning, with a particular interest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Planning and Urban Design from the King Saud University, Saudi Arabia and a master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Virginia Commonwealth University, the United States. Mr. Alanazi is a lecturer at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is PhD candidate at Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, UK.
- June 11: Fifty shades of public transport
The influence of urban street environments on levels of metro use and walk access mode share in warm low-density citiesMany cities are trying to promote more sustainable transport modes, and they have begun to invest in new metro systems that provide alternatives to car travel. But the success of metros vary from one system to another. Part of this success relates to whether the urban metro system is serving the high-density areas with mixed-use developments and high-quality street environments within rail station catchment areas.
The nature of the relationship between urban street environments and the levels of rail use and walk access mode share remains unclear. To fill this gap, the study explores these relationships - at station catchment level - in several different rail systems in the USA, and demonstrates the importance of good street environments in maximizing metro use and walk access model shares. It then applies the resulting model to cities in the Middle East.