Supporting direct movement for pedestrians on their desire lines is key. Walking can be made more attractive if it is prioritised over other modes, for example through frequent at grade crossing facilities as close as possible to pedestrian desire lines. This principle also relates to permeability as the availability of pedestrian thoroughfares within a block can significantly shorten walking times compared with other modes.

A pedestrian thoroughfare or an alleyway shortens walking times

Laneways provide a permeable walking network, Christchurch (Jeanette Ward)