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Pedestrian planning and design guide

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.

The pedestrian network planning process

(PDF [PDF, 2.1 MB])

section cover photographs - pedestrians in square, people sitting, meeting room.

A range of plans and programmes influence walking in neighbourhoods. They use a similar community planning process to ensure that any actions will effectively address perceived issues as well as more objectively measured problems.

Community involvement should be at the heart of developing any scheme to improve a neighbourhood. Suggestions are made about who to involve along with useful techniques for engaging with the community. The analysis phase involves assessing the state of the existing walking environment, identifying options for improvement, and understanding where improvements would benefit the most users. Such analysis provides a sound basis for choosing options and prioritising initiatives.

Finally, suggestions are given about getting the planned improvements built.

7 Planning for pedestrians

Consider walking in relation to other planning processes and programmes

  • Integrate walking into neighbourhood planning processes
  • Determine the appropriate mix of programmes that affect walking
  • Coordinate with school and workplace travel plans
  • Review district plan provision for walking and resource consent processes

8 Pedestrian planning process

Systematically plan for pedestrian needs in each area

  • Define the scope, the area and who to involve
  • Research the area and its issues
  • Develop and assess solutions
  • Prioritise actions
  • Implement
  • Review

9 Community involvement in scheme development

Involve the community in scheme development

  • Who in the community to involve in scheme development
  • How to involve them
  • How much to involve them

10 Assessing the demand for walking

  • Assess current demand for walking
  • Assess potential demand for walking
  • Identify locations where improvements are likely to lead to more walking

11 Measuring walkability

  • Assess the connectivity of each area for walking
  • Conduct community street reviews to identify and prioritise importance of issues
  • Use the results to assess walkability gain of improvement options

12 Prioritising schemes and measures

Decide which schemes should be done first

  • Adopt an appropriate prioritisation process
  • Put projects into priority order

13 Implementation

Implement projects that provide for pedestrians

  • Establish walking champions and walking advisory groups
  • Fund walking projects
  • Provide for walking in other infrastructure projects
  • Audit all infrastructure projects for effects on pedestrians

Updated: 17 Nov 2009