Other qualities of the walking experience such as tree canopy, road width and the condition of adjacent properties were not part of this assessment. Maps of some of these aesthetic factors are not readily available and may be challenging to obtain. These are important factors that influence walkability and will be important to consider as projects are implemented.
Research tells us that safety and perceived safety have a big influence on whether or not people make trips without a car. Safety factors such as auto traffic speed, sidewalk condition, and signaled crosswalks were not used in this assessment. These maps will be incorporated in smaller-scale studies and planning activities such as area plans where the increased level of detail is more appropriate.
Residents in less walkable neighborhoods rely more heavily on cars for getting to the grocery store or getting children to school. These same populations are likely to be the most heavily impacted by the rising cost of gasoline. These socioeconomic factors such as distribution of income, education, age, and race have been mapped and will help policy makers decide how to prioritize efforts to improve walkability for all Eugene.