Prioritising the Pedestrian: a Framework for the Development of a Walking Strategy



Prioritising the Pedestrian: a Framework for the Development of a Walking Strategy

Authors

HIGGITT M, Steer Davies Gleave, UK

Description

Walking has at long last been identified as a transport mode with a potentially significant contribution to addressing many of the transport problems we currently experience in the UK. However, it has been neglected for so long that the problems deterring

Abstract

Walking has at long last been identified as a transport mode with a potentially significant contribution to addressing many of the transport problems we currently experience in the UK. However, it has been neglected for so long that the problems deterring people from making more walking trips are immense and, equally significantly, the expertise of transport planners in promoting walking is very limited.

This paper describes one attempt to tackle these difficulties through the development of a Walking Strategy for South Gloueestershire Council. South Gloucestershire Council is the transport and land use planning authority responsible for the area to the north of Bristol in south west England. The strategy has been developed in parallel with the area's first Local Transport Plan (LTP) - the new mechanism through which local authorities organise their transport programmes and bid for Government funding - and the measures advocated in the strategy form the basis for the walking element of the LTP bid.

A description of the framework adopted for the strategy's development is provided, followed by a distillation of some of the key lessons coming from the experience. The paper concludes by questioning to what degree pedestrians are really prioritised in the new transport agenda and how the position of the pedestrian in future transport planning can be further enhanced.

Publisher

Association for European Transport