Urban Connectivity Survey

The Urban Connectivity Survey is a tool for measuring the connectivity of the street network. It helps us identify how well the layout of city streets facilitate neighborhood connections.

For cities to attract thriving public life–in which people from different areas can come together in public space–it’s helpful to have a street network that fosters pedestrian mobility between neighborhoods.

To use the Urban Connectivity Survey, divide the street network into 20-meter segments. Then, from any point in the network, select all the streets within 500 meters in every possible direction. Add the lengths of the selected streets together to calculate the “network connectivity value.” Next, repeat this process for every segment in the street network. Areas with short blocks and connected streets end up with the highest scores, while areas with large blocks or disjointed street network receive lower scores. Finally, map the results for each area from low to high connectivity.

This tool does not have a template. If you are interested in using it in the field, we would love to hear from you.