Evaluation of effectiveness of municipality actions toward making the surrounding areas of the subway stations into pedestrian-oriented spaces (case study: Sadeghiyeh subway station)

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Assistant Professor of Rodehen Islamic Azad university

2 Associate Professor of Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

Abstract

Urban spaces refer to the man-made spaces which possess a special order for human behavior and activities. One of these spaces is the surrounding space of public transportation stations. The subway stations, although potentially encompass many different groups of people; few social interactions take place in these spaces. In this regard, by making the surrounding areas of the subway stations be pedestrian-oriented, the potential for increasing the socialization capacity of the mentioned spaces will be provided.The Sadeghieh Subway Station can be considered as the most important subway station in Tehran, which on the one hand is the rail port of Tehran’s western entrance, and on the other is the port for railway journeys inside the city. The main concern of this study is to assess the success or failure of the interventions made by the municipality for changing the surrounding area of the Sadeghieh Subway Station into a pedestrian-oriented space. The method used in this study is surveying, in which the data were collected using a questionnaire and interview. The study’s population is all people who use Sadeghieh Subway, and the sample size for the study were considered 140 subjects.The results shows that after the municipality’s actions to change the space into a pedestrian-oriented space the district have a progressive process in such cases as transportation, security, Pedestrian infrastructure, vitality and attractivity rate to remain in the space, the amount of traffic crossing the sidewalk, walking group, the lighting, the vendors, the cleaning, pavement structure and climatic elements. but in such cases as mix use, recreational activity, readability and design furniture no significant change was seen, and in some cases the results were counterproductive.

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