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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.

Pedestrian planning and design guide

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Overview | PDF [PDF, 917 KB]

  • 1 Introduction

The planning and policy context

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  • 2 Planning and policy context

The principles of pedestrian network planning

Overview | PDFs of individual chapters below

The pedestrian network planning process

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  • 7 Planning for pedestrians
  • 8 Pedestrian planning process
  • 9 Community involvement in scheme development
  • 10 Assessing the demand for walking
  • 11 Measuring walkability
  • 12 Prioritising schemes and measures
  • 13 Implementation

The design of the pedestrian network

Overview | PDFs of individual chapters below

Post-design issues

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  • 19 Monitoring pedestrian activity
  • 20 Making best use of facilities


Overview | PDF [PDF, 360 KB]

  • 1 Pedestrian characteristics
  • 2 Signface design details
  • 3 Issues to address in district plans
  • 4 References
  • 5 Index

Glossary of terms

A guide to the terms and phrases used in this publication.


The people who helped create this publication


A number of resources (some still in draft form) are also available.