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Assessing the spatial distribution of sports spaces within walking distance in Tehran

Fatemeh Salarvandian, Seyed Ali Hosseini, Aram Moradi and Mehdi Karoubi

International Journal of Urban Sciences, 2020, vol. 24, issue 4, 557-577

Abstract: Spatial equity in urban sports services has received a lot of attention due to the importance of physical activities in public health-related issues. Using GIS network and spatial statistical analysis, a total number of 22 regions in Tehran were studied to investigate the possible differences in terms of physical activity spaces per capita and pedestrian accessibility to sports facilities services. The findings revealed that some regions have an undersupply of sports spaces, while others have insufficient access to these services. Considering the population density, the results showed that the regions with the highest population and residential density have fewest facilities. Unexpectedly, regions with more sports spaces per capita appeared to have the lowest accessibility to the sports facilities. It was also found that having more sports spaces available per capita does not necessarily imply greater accessibility within walking distances. This means major sports facilities are located in areas with relatively minimal opportunities to use them.Highlights The sports spaces per capita and pedestrian accessibility to those services in Tehran are studied via GIS network and spatial statistical analysis.The sports space per capita in 16 regions out of 22 is lower than the average space recommended in Tehran Master Plan II.Sports facilities are not easily pedestrian-accessible for many residents; even in the regions with the highest sports space per capita.The absolute sense of sports facilities is high; however, those are not evenly distributed related to the population’s needs.

Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1080/12265934.2019.1710552

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