Transport accessibility is a prerequisite for a well-functioning cultural ecosystem in the city, especially that spatial exclusion is often associated with other factors, such as poorer access to education. If residents are unable to quickly and safely access the city centre, where most services are located, they will rarely go to the cinema, dance workshops or English classes, even if they are free of charge.
This is why we decided to review the transport accessibility of selected cultural institutions in Katowice. The full results of our experiment will be discussed at the exhibition summing our project, while here we present a prototype analysis for the Silesian Innovation Centre, Katowice’s new investment project to be built in the former Park Hall in Kosciuszko Street (formerly occupied by Alma delicatessens).
The Centre’s educational programme will be designed for children and young people, who will usually visit the facility in organised groups, so we have checked travel times to the Centre from all schools and educational facilities in the city by car and public transport. We used the Google Maps navigation tool to check the actual transit time between these locations.
- Location: 19.011335370960,50.246267806709, Tadeusza Kościuszki 90
- Arrival time: Tuesday 11.00
- Transportation mode: transit and driving
We sourced a list of 656 facilities including profiles and addresses from the Educational Information System (data prior to the education system reform), then, using the Google Distance Matrix API, we automatically measured the arrival times from these locations. The results were visualised on maps and subjected to statistical analysis.