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Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index


The San Francisco Department of Public Health developed the Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index (PEQI) as a tool to prioritize improvements in pedestrian infrastructure during the planning process. The PEQI draws on published research and work from numerous cities to assess how the physical environment impacts whether people walk in a neighborhood. The PEQI is an observational survey that quantifies street and intersection factors empirically known to affect people's travel behaviors and is organized into five categories: intersection safety, traffic, street design, land use and perceived safety. Within these categories are 31 indicators that reflect the quality of the built environment for pedestrians and comprise the survey used for data collection. SFDPH has aggregated these indicators to create a weighted summary index, which can be reported as an overall index.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Active Living, Community Design, Land Use, Physical Activity, Planning, Policies, Traffic Safety, Transportation Planning, Zoning


Institutional Author:

San Francisco Department of Public Health Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability




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