Author:Mehrnaz Rohani, Grant Lawrence
Source:Auckland Council Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU
City centres are important to the economic prosperity of cities and nations. High concentrations of people, firms, and activities enable ideas and knowledge to be generated and easily shared. Much of this transferring of ideas and knowledge takes place face-to-face. There is a strong relationship between connectivity and productivity. This relationship is referred to as agglomeration economies.
This report describes the value of walking (pedestrian connectivity) to the Auckland city centre’s economy. Quantifying the economic benefits of walking is one of several work streams informing work at the Auckland Design Office, the Auckland Council Planning Office, Auckland Transport, Panuku and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.
This is the second version of the report published in March 2017 and it includes four changes:
• The network scenarios analysis is now included.
• The expansion area’s analysis, as a secondary part of the study, available in section 4 of the March version, was replaced with the scenario testing in this report.
• The pedestrian network was updated based on some real life movement assumptions resulting in a minor change to the result of the total Effective Job Density (EJD) and its association with labour productivity.
• A revised list of references.
Auckland Council technical report, TR2017/007-2
The relationship between pedestrian connectivity and economic productivity in Auckland’s city centre. Auckland Council technical report, TR2017/007