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Department of Transport and Main Roads

Urban planning and urban design

Planning for walking in new developments (greenfield)

New residential subdivisions in Queensland will be assessed against the following benchmarks:

  • connectivity for pedestrians is provided through a grid-like street layout
  • block lengths are a maximum of 250m
  • footpaths are provided on at least one side of neighbourhood roads and both sides of main streets
  • blocks are within 400m of a park or open space
  • one street tree every 15m on both sides of all streets.

TMR endorsed guidance

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Urban design and the built environment

The built environment is associated with levels of physical activity, particularly walking.

The built environment can either enable or discourage walking.

Walking for transport is associated with living in neighbourhoods that have good access to destinations (including public transport), connected street networks, and higher residential densities.

Walking for recreation is associated with the quality of neighbourhood walking environments, including access to public open space.

TMR endorsed guidance

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Movement and place

Roads serve two primary roles for users:

  • facilitate the movement of people and goods
  • act as places for people to interact.

The concept of Movement and Place has been developed to better understand the complex interaction between these conflicting roles.

TMR endorsed guidance

Queensland Road Safety Strategy 2022-2031 (Department of Transport and Main Roads, 2022)

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Tactical urbanism

Tactical urbanism refers to a city, organisational, and/or citizen-led approach to neighbourhood-building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions to catalyse long-term change that improves the experience of people walking and riding.

TMR endorsed guidance

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

The application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles to built environments can reduce the incidence of crime (as well as fear of crime) and increase perceptions of personal safety.

The six principles of CPTED are:

(1) surveillance (2) legibility (3) territoriality
(4) ownership
(5) management
(6) vulnerability.

TMR endorsed guidance

  • Road Landscape Manual, Chapter 5, Section 5.3 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (Department of Transport and Main Roads, 2013)

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Last updated 31 March 2023