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MODELLING QUALITY OF JOURNEY AS A FACTOR INFLUENCING TRANSIT RIDERSHIP AT EAST AVENUE-LAKESHORE JUNCTION, MISSISSAUGA, ON PART OF PROJECT LAKEVIEW This project involves the cataloguing and ranking the quality of route networks people can take within a 5-minute walking distance of east and westbound bus stops at East Avenue on the Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West MiWaybus routes. Wihin this juncture are three bus stops: one eastbound at Greaves Avenue, one eastbound one block to the east at East Avenue, and one westbound at East Avenue. Mapping at this juncture stops at the halfway point between bus stops, with the longest overall journey mapped being 469.6m from the northeast corner at the end of Westmount Avenue to the westbound bus stop at East Avenue. Rankings were calculated using Jan Gehl’s checklist for defining qualities of spaces, with an overall score added from each category. The best and highest score is 36, an average score is 24, and a poorest score is 12. Each route ranked has been included in the attached appendix with some annotations. Score good average poor

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Protection:

Rankings, by colour

Protection against traffic and accidents – feeling safe Protection against crime and violence – feeling secure Protection against unpleasant sensory experiences (rain, snow, pollution, noise, etc.)

12 13

Comfort: Opportunities to walk (room for walking, good surfaces, etc) Opportunities to stand/stay Opportunities to sit Opportunities to see (reasonable viewing distances, interesting views…) Opportunities to talk and listen Opportunities for play and exercise Delight Scale (buildings and spaces designed to human scale) Opportunities to enjoy the positive aspects of climate Positive sensory experiences (good design, materials, trees, plants, water…)

For example, the following bus stops have been ranked as places to stay at within their immediate contexts. For this study, most attention has been given to the stops at East Avenue, where a better quality bus stop exists for the eastbound route on the south side of the street compared to the westbound route. This must be attributable to more people using the eastbound route. WESTBOUND

In AutoCAD file, score given in colour name ie color 21, 22, etc 12 13

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19 20 21 22

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23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

34 35

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Greaves

21

East

20

Cawthra

22

Montbeck

We stm ou nt Av e

Lakeshore West

100m

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East

31

Cawthra

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21

These are the 106 individual routes people would hypothetically take from their houses or from the local businesses in the area to go exclusively to the westbound East Avenue bus stop residential medium-density residential cultural/ insitutional

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retail industrial

Lakeshore East

3rd St

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The following routes have been ranked, with darker colours indicating more enjoyable journeys per block. Having a sidewalk on one side of the street has a telling impact upon the score the segment receives, as can be seen at Greaves, East, and 3rd streets. 0

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ANALYSIS While more research is needed to determine how much the quality of a journey to a bus stop and the conditions there influence ridership, it is apparent in this case that the spaces along the westbound route at Lakeshore score higher in terms of quality. While some attention has been given to the pedestrian in the building of sidewalks along three of the interior streets, the site is overwhelmingly designed for the automobile. With the exception of the bus stop with a seat and shelter at the eastbound stop at East Ave, the design of the other stops have been given little attention as locations that accommodate people. A larger-scaled mapping of the entire Lakeview site would be more informative; but suffice to conclude that sidewalks should be installed on streets with bus stops within the new infill comunity south of Lakeshore Rd, ideally with ample room for people to sit, stand, and walk in the surrounding context considering that they could be waiting longer than a few minutes. The segmentation mapping in this assignment has been done in AutoCAD with the intention that it can be transferred into a GIS program. The included CAD file lists the segment rankings in the layer ‘segmentranking’, the east- and westbound walks in the layers ‘w_westboundwalk’ and ‘w_eastboundwalk’, sidewalks in ‘sidewalks’, and the 21 bus stops along the Lakeview site in the layer ‘busstops.’


APPENDIX - quality of journey per route *sections not to scale Rankings, by AutoCAD color

midway to Alexandra

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Lakeshore Avenue, south side East Montbeck

positive design feature

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neutral/ negative feature

Lakeshore Avenue, north side Greaves

West

East

34 35 36 23

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Lakeshore Avenue, north side (continued) East

Westmount

24

Alexandra

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3rd Street, north side Greaves

sidewalk

Westmount

veteran’s club space, not public

Eastmount

some shade

some shade/cover

26

3

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3rd Street, south side Westmount

East Avenue

shady tree

21 1st Street, north side Greaves

unpaved area can be walked on

Greaves

shady tree

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East Avenue

Westmount

bioswale

20

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1st Street, south side East Avenue

Westmount

large garden church - ‘community’ space bioswale

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Greaves Street, east side 1st 3rd

extended parking spaces - can be walked on

19 Greaves Street, west side

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Lakeshore

Gardner

3rd

playground

shady trees

29

shady trees 3

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East Avenue, east side 3rd

1st

Lakeshore

bioswale

22 East Avenue, west side

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bioswale

24

bioswale 3

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East Avenue, west side

driving school/Waterworks Park

Lakeshore

33

3

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Westmount, east side

railroad track bioswale

22

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21

bioswale

crowded parking lot

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Westmount, west side

railroad track

garden bioswale

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Lakeview Transit Stops Analysis