Revisiting Donald Appleyard’s study

POSTED ON June 27, 2023

When we talk about ‘Livable Streets’, this phrase was originally coined by Donald Appleyard


In late 1969, Donald Appleyard (a professor of Urban Design at University of California, Berkeley) conducted a study to investigate the effect of traffic volume on the livability of residential streets in San Francisco; the study was reported in his book “Livable Streets”.

Appleyard demonstrated that people living on a street with relatively heavy traffic had only one-third as many social connections as people living on a relatively light-traffic street.

When we talk about ‘Livable Streets’, we are using a phrase originally coined by Donald Appleyard. . His work is summarised in this great video from StreetFilms.

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