The Pedestrian planning and design guide is New Zealand's comprehensive official guide to planning and design for walking. It sets out ways to improve New Zealand’s walking environment.
When designing for pedestrians, quite often the ‘devil is in the detail’. This section gives detailed guidance on best practice so that those who design, operate and maintain the road network can better provide a quality walkable environment for all.
Higher standards of footpath design are required for two main reasons. Falls on footpaths are a serious problem, and existing designs are difficult to negotiate by people with impairments.
The main obstacle to walking is difficulty crossing roads. Well designed crossing facilities can make a real difference to safety and convenience. Specific attention is given to physical features such as kerb crossings,
islands, kerb protrusions and platforms. Attention to intersection details can make quite a difference.
Consideration of directional guidance, lighting and maintenance issues completes this part.
Crossing facilities for pedestrians
Updated: 17 Nov 2009