The social dimension of barrier effects of transport infrastructure
Paper i proceeding, 2020

Motorways and railways increase regional accessibility but can at the same time reduce local accessibility by creating barriers in pedestrian and bicycle networks. This can influence several SDGs, such as SDG 5 (gender equality), 10 (reduced inequalities), and 11 (sustainable cities and communities). This paper presents some first principles of how quantitative indicators of direct barrier effects can be adapted in order to address specific social groups. To demonstrate this, the indicator ‘Choice’, from a set of four indicators previously developed, was adapted to assess accessibility by children to parks, and waterside and leisure facilities. The indicator was applied to a case in Gothenburg, Sweden, where a GIS-based analysis measured changes in barrier
effects brought about by hypothetically placing an existing motorway and railway in tunnels. The results demonstrate how such local accessibility indicators can be adapted to make them relevant for impact assessments of infrastructure projects, and thus enable the measurement of compliance with social sustainability targets in transportation infrastructure planning.

barrier effects

transport infrastructure


Job van Eldijk

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Stadsbyggnad

Jorge Gil

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Stadsbyggnad

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

17551307 (ISSN) 17551315 (eISSN)

Vol. 588

BEYOND 2020 – World Sustainable Built Environment conference
Gothenburg, Sweden,







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