This study was undertaken by a team of four students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WP1) in the United States over the eight-week period.  The goals of the study were to develop a walking tool to assess the walkability and pedestrian experience of walking from Hong Kong’s hinterland to the harbourfront and vice versa, and to make recommendation plans for improvement.  


The first step was to gain a preliminary understanding of 16 harbourfront districts on both Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon through site evaluations.  Next, the team surveyed about 100 pedestrians along the Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai harbourfront areas to better understand the public’s perception about walking in Hong Kong.  Finally, the team selected four districts for an in-depth study through a Walkability Analysis Tool (WAT) ), which was developed specific for the Hong Kong context to measure walkability of given route from hinterland to harbourfront. The text criteria were connections, handicap accessibility, choke points and attractions and amenities.  They then came up with general recommendations for the improvement of walkability in all Hong Kong’s harbourfront districts.


The Report outlines the study's findings and proposes a series of recommendations. To read the Full Report, please click on the icon below.