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Research article2020Peer reviewed

Are path choices of people moving through urban green spaces explained by gender and age? Implications for planning and management

Ode Sang, Åsa; Sang, Neil; Hedblom, Marcus; Sevelin, Göran; Knez, Igor; Gunnarsson, Bengt


Neighbourhood green space is an important asset for the urban population, providing valuable ecosystem services such as supporting human health. Distance or access to urban green areas is well established as being important for the potential use of the area but how different demographic groups move within greenspace is still somewhat unknown.Previous studies have shown that there are gender as well as age differences in visual perception, audio experience and recreational activities as well as estimated well-being experienced from use of urban green space. Here we explored people's movement within their local green space in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. The results showed that movement took place over large parts of the green spaces studied, not only along paths. The data further showed that the movement pattern differed significantly between men and women as well as between young adults and old adults. Movement patterns of demographic groups could provide support to planning for sustainable urban green areas, help avoid conflict, identify areas for solitude and ensure equal access for people of different gender and age.


Urban green space; Movement; Park use; PPGIS; Hot spot analysis

Published in

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
2020, Volume: 49, article number: 126628