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Making walking a safer and more attractive transport choice is a key priority for the Transport Agency.

View research on walking experiences and the network for walking and footpath users in New Zealand.

Walking research

  • Impact on urban amenity in pedestrian environments

    This interim guidance includes a procedure consistent with existing Economic Evaluation Manual (EEM) guidance to value the benefits of quality improvements for users of footpaths and walking environments, and provides interim parameter values that can be used to value quality (including amenity) improvements. The values provided are interim until further work to confirm the parameter values in a New Zealand is complete.

    The interim guidance is called ‘valuing improved pedestrian facilities’ rather than valuing urban amenity. Whilst conceptually this work has its origin in the Transport for London (TfL) tool ‘Valuing Urban Realm Tool (VURT)’, because of location-specific differences and the EEM already providing for some elements of VURT, for example safety, a framework that is conceptually and methodologically sound for New Zealand with defendable parameter values has been developed.

    This report was commissioned by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and prepared by P Nunns and N Dodge (11 March 2020).

    Impact on urban amenity in pedestrian environments [PDF, 1.1 MB]

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  • Providing for walking

    The NZ Transport Agency commissioned Abley to conduct research into how well New Zealand is providing for walking, with a particular focus on existing guidance and policy.

    The research indicated that overall, New Zealand is well placed in terms of the strategic direction, policy and planning and design guidance, however there are some improvements that can be made into the funding processes and translating guidance into good practice.

    The Transport Agency is developing a programme of work to review and implement the report’s recommendations.

    View research report [PDF, 4.3 MB]
    View research summary presentation [PDF, 1.9 MB]

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  • Pedestrian experience and barriers

    The question of pedestrian experience is an important one, as it can help to shape the streets in a way that will encourage more people to enjoy them as pedestrians.

    The purpose of this literature review is to bring together a disparate literature on pedestrians to consider: who walks, why (and why not) they walk, where they walk, and their attitudes and beliefs to walking. Most importantly, this review will consider how these different facets shape their experience as pedestrians.

    Inconsistencies in the literature and research gaps are also highlighted in this review.

    View literature review [PDF, 1.2 MB]

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Walking research reports

Research conducted by the NZ Transport Agency:

  • RR 440 – Reducing pedestrian delay at traffic signals

    This research used techniques such as pedestrian attitude surveys, micro-simulation modelling and a literature review of international best practice to identify methods of reducing pedestrian delay at signalised intersections in these cities. The recommendations developed during the course of the research provide both technical and policy mechanisms for improving pedestrian delay in New Zealand's central-city areas.

    View the research report

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