KESUE is a 12 month project that aims to take existing academic research on measuring the walkability of the built environment and seek applications in the real world. As part of the PARC Study a GIS based network of all the footpaths in East Belfast (the Real Walkable Network, RWN) was created. Using Network Analysis areas of poor pedestrian access can be investigated. In addition to this, the RWN can help identify priorities for promoting increased physical activity as well as a range of other uses.
The KESUE project aims to extend the RWN across the whole of the Belfast while creating a new network in the Derry City Council areas while working work with the project partners to explore the ways in which this can be developed as a tool for supporting policy and service delivery in a range of areas. Such applications are thought to include but not cease at the management of open space, active travel, regeneration and accessibility studies for the delivery of council services such as leisure centres.
The KESUE project is funded under the Economic and Social Research Council’s Knowledge Exchange programme (Grant No.ES/J010588/1) with additional support from the Department of Regional Development (NI), Belfast City Council, Derry-Londonderry City Council, Public Health Agency and Belfast Healthy Cities