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Improving Management of Local Neighborhood Roads in Seoul

Sang-Young ShinㆍJin ParkㆍHyeon-Jung Nam

Local neighborhood roads refer to narrow roads that are usually less than 12 m in width. In late 2019, local neighborhood roads accounted for 76.8% in length and 41.3% in area of total roads in Seoul, Korea. While local neighborhood roads are closely connected to citizens’ everyday life, they are inconvenient and dangerous to pedestrians because pedestrians and vehicles share road spaces. In addition, road facilities are poor. Moreover, local neighborhood roads are extensively distributed in old residential areas of Seoul, Korea.
So far, policies and programs related to local neighborhood roads are largely focused on transportation management for pedestrian’s convenience and safety, while approaches of facility management are relatively insufficient for local neighborhood roads.
By focusing on facility management, this study proposed policy suggestions for local neighborhood roads by analyzing current status of road facilities and management practices and by determining citizens’ perceptions and needs for facility environments of local neighborhood roads. 
First, this study reviewed concepts of local neighborhood road based on institutional frameworks, existing studies, and foreign practices.
Second, this study examined existing policies and programs of local neighborhood road such as ‘Pedestrian-friendly City’, ‘Safe Speed 5030’, ‘Road Pavement’, Living SOC’, ‘Urban Regeneration’, and so on.
Third, this study analyzed quantities and distributional characteristics of local neighborhood roads in Seoul using statistics and GIS data. This study also analyzes relationships of local neighborhood roads with financial capacity of district and traffic accidents in local neighborhood roads.
Fourth, this study surveyed facility conditions in local neighborhood roads through field surveys for five case study areas.
Fifth, this study surveyed citizens’ perception and needs based on a 1,000-citizen questionnaire. This study also interviewed public officials related to various facilities in local neighborhood roads.
Sixth, this study reviewed foreign practices of local neighborhood road management focusing on major cities in Japan and United States.
Finally, this study proposed several strategies in order to improve facility management of local neighborhood roads for Seoul, Korea. After prioritizing road facilities and suggesting improvement measures, this study developed improvements project and institutional systems for local neighborhood roads.