Accessibility is an vital consideration in urban and regional planning however it is rarely considered for policy evaluation from the viewpoint of individuals' quality of life (QoL),
(Doi, et al., 2007). Physical
accessibility can be split into two key categories: transport and Activity.
Transport is simply travel distance, time, cost for various modes of transport,
Activity refers to the amount and location of opportunities, (Doi, et
The evaluation of QoL has changed throughout time and has recently been
evaluated as satisfaction/availability of resources, (Doi, et
this is no longer an accurate way to evaluate QoL a more comprehensive approach
is needed to understand QoL and how strategic urban planning can enhance QoL, (Khalil, 2012). Five key aspects
are to be considered when planning these are safety and security, economic opportunity,
service and cultural opportunity and environmental benignity these five areas
can replace Felce and Perry’s five areas of QoL which although were
multidimensional the cannot be easily applied, (Khalil, 2012). When these Five aspects are applied in
urban planning healthier cities can be created and flow on effects are seen. Using
these aspects in strategic planning helps lead to less inequality, more
recreation, lowing of mental health issues and healthier places to live all
round, (Barton & Tsourou, 2013).
Barton, H. & Tsourou, C., 2013. Healthy Urban Planning. 1st ed. Copenhagen: Taylor and Francis Group.
Doi, K., Kii , M. & Nakanishi, H., 2007. An integrated evaluation method of accessibility, quality of life, and social interaction, Toyohashi: published online.
Khalil, H. A., 2012. Enhancing quality of life through strategic urban planning. 5th ed. Cairo: Cairo University .