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Undergraduate Research/Scholarship 

Activity: Poster Presentation & Research Group Award, UTSA Center for Civic Engagement
Year: 2016
Students: Laura Bustillo & Maria Hernandez
Course: Independent Study
Funding: Research Scholarship, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Texas at San Antonio
Level: Undergraduate

The assessment of parks accessibility barriers was conducted through establishing barriers indicators as an initial phase of a long-term project. The broader scope of the project would include analysis of residents’ socioeconomic status (SES), mapping the barriers, assessment of nonphysical barriers and quality audits, accessibility barriers model (ABM), and proposing an improvement plan.


Establishing Indicators for Accessibility Barriers: establishing a list of indicators used in previous literature and cities to create a baseline for San Antonio measures of accessibility through the following indicators:


Physical Indicators

  • Walking distance (based on optimum walkability standard measures)

  • Access routes (streets, roads, bridges, highways)

  • Biking feasibility (distance, slope, lanes, intersections, and signage)

  • Number and locations of park entrances

  • Infrastructure quality (i.e. sidewalks availability, width, and quality)

  • Slopes and change in elevation

  • Building density in the half a mile radius

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