In its third walkability report, the NRDC collaborates with Dr. Long Ying's team at Tsinghua University's School of Architecture to evaluate street walkability in 287 Chinese cities. The researchers developed a walkability index based on the number and variety of points of interest on individual streets (similar to Walk Score), with the aim of providing analysis and recommendations to local policy makers. The report also looks at the walkability evaluation through the lens of "Smart Growth", an urban planning and transportation theory that addresses urban sprawl. Urban growth boundaries, mixed land use, and transit oriented development are found to be linked with high walkability scores.
(The report is only available in Chinese. )