The Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS) was developed to collect audit data on the pedestrian environment and walkability in neighborhoods.
“Microscale” factors of the built environment differ from macro-level design elements such as street connectivity and residential density and include details about streets, sidewalks, intersections, and design characteristics (e.g., road crossing features, presence of trees, bicycle lanes, curbs), as well as characteristics of the social environment (e.g., stray dogs, graffiti, trash). Microscale factors may also influence physical activity but have not been studied as extensively as macro-level factors. Studying microscale factors allows for a more fine-grained examination of the environmental features that enable or inhibit physical activity and may be more cost effectively and easily modified than macro characteristics. Microscale data are typically collected using in-person environmental audits.
There are three versions of the MAPS tool, each with varying degrees of complexity and intended users:
MAPS-Full: 120-item audit survey, intended for researcher use
MAPS-Abbreviated: 60-item audit survey, intended for researcher and advanced practitioner use
MAPS-Mini: 15-item audit survey, intended for practitioner, advocacy, and community member use