Melbourne, Australia’s fastest growing city, developed more rapidly to its south and east than to the north and west. This presents planning challenges where differences in the meaning of connectivity have emerged. To the north and west, there are demands to subdivide undeveloped land for housing, but there are also demands for connected public open space (POS). This paper defines connectivity in relation to its function and measured unimpeded connected POS for travel by foot, wheelchair, skateboard, scooter, rollerblades or bicycle. Distances ranged from 0.5 to 20 km. Connectivity was measured as distance travelled without retracing the course in the same direction.
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Connectivity public open space: Its meaning for different functions.