Principal Pedestrian Networks

Walking is an important form of transport. In recognition of this, the department has developed guidelines to assist local councils to develop Principal Pedestrian Networks (PPNs).

The PPN process involves mapping out and planning for a higher quality walking environment on key routes to local activity centres such as shops, schools and transport hubs.

While the methods and approaches for including car, truck, train, bus and bike movements in our transport planning are already established, the PPN model is a new approach to ensure pedestrians are appropriately prioritised in transport planning and investment.

Guidelines for developing Principal Pedestrian Networks:

Principal Pedestrian Network Demonstration project

In 2014, the Principal Pedestrian Network Demonstration Project was successfully completed.

The department worked closely with four local councils, Victoria Walks, Melbourne University and VicRoads to develop Principal Pedestrian Networks (PPNs) at four locations in Melbourne and Geelong, and demonstrate how this practical new method can support walking as a transport option.

The City of Booroondara, City of Greater Geelong, Frankston City Council, and Yarra Ranges Shire provided feedback about how useful the development of PPNs were in pedestrian planning.

Yarra Ranges Shire's participation in the project resulted in adopting a more strategic approach to planning for transport walking. The shire now has a PPN GIS layer which forms the basis for township planning and delivery. The project also resulted in the shire allocating an extra annual funding towards pedestrian infrastructure.

In Frankston, the PPN mappings are being used to identify priority pedestrian improvement projects for the capital works program. The methodology is also being applied to the development of the council's footpath strategy.

The effectiveness of the Principal Pedestrian Network Demonstration Project was recognized in 2014 when it won the VicHealth award for encouraging physical activity.

Reports on the local council projects can be found below:

Page last reviewed on 10 September 2015

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