Step 2 – Consider Policy Options

Level of Provision for Pedestrians

The level of provision for pedestrians in the transport network is an important early consideration in the planning process. City policy-makers should determine how much capacity and road space should be allocated to pedestrians in the short and long term to achieve the goals of the Mobility Plan. Much will depend on the trip characteristics of pedestrians and the city land use. Existing and future pedestrian volumes and patterns will also need to be examined.

Aims for Promotion of Pedestrian Trips

Appropriate pedestrian policy should achieve both short term and long term aims. Once aims are identified, potential measures to achieve those aims can be determined.

Short Term Aims

  • To provide a high standard of pedestrian facilities including greater sidewalk space with less encroachment by hawkers, illegal markets, and parked vehicles;
  • To minimise changes of level on continuous pedestrian routes;
  • To improve at-grade crossing facilities for pedestrians by installing pedestrian traffic signals;
  • To remove obstacles on sidewalks, such as NMV and MV parking, and unauthorised hawker activity;
  • To implement pedestrian-only areas on a trial basis

Long Term Aims

  • To provide city-wide facilities providing a high level of mobility, accessibility, convenience and comfort for pedestrians;
  • To establish a podium level network at 2nd floor levels in areas of heavy pedestrian use and in new business and shopping districts;
  • To provide protection from weather by building arcaded sidewalks in shopping areas;
  • To implement overbridges across main motorised routes;
  • To minimise severance between areas of the city;
  • To implement formal pedestrian only areas with appropriate street furniture and aesthetic value
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