MTI Report WP 12-08

Research Report A Survey of Viva CalleSJ Participants: San Jose, California 2015 (PDF 1.9MB)

Principal Investigator: Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Ph.D.


This report presents the findings from a survey of participants at the Viva CalleSJ open streets event held on October 11, 2015. The survey was designed to provide information that would help the City of San Jose assess the success of the event, guide the planning for future Viva CalleSJ events, and inform potential funders and community partners about the benefits of Viva CalleSJ. A total of 618 people completed the one-page paper survey while at the event. Survey findings provide detail on how people learned about the event, how they traveled to the event, what they did at the event, how much physical activity they got, and their interest in attending future Viva CalleSJ events. The survey also collected data on respondents’ gender, age, and race/ethnicity.


Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Ph.D.

Dr. Agrawal is director of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s National Transportation Finance Center and professor of urban and regional planning at San José (Calif.) State University. Her research and teaching interests in transportation policy and planning include pedestrian and bicycle planning, travel behavior and opinion surveys, and transportation finance. She also works in planning and transportation history. She earned a BA from Harvard University in folklore and mythology, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in urban and regional planning, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in city and regional planning.

Hilary Nixon, Ph.D.

Dr. Nixon is professor of urban and regional planning at San José (Calif.) State University. Her research and teaching interests in environmental planning and policy focus on the relationship between environmental attitudes and behavior, particularly with respect to waste management and linkages between transportation and the environment. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester in environmental management and a PhD in planning, policy, and design from the University of California, Irvine.


Authors: Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Ph.D. and Hilary Nixon, Ph.D.
Published: January 2016
Keywords: Public transit, Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Physical fitness, Surveys