1Introduction

​​​The design of roads, paths, lanes and links ​ ​the movement network  is one of the most important design decisions in creating vibrant, safe and prosperous places.  

The road network not only enables us to get from A to B, it defines the quality of a place by prioritising it as somewhere for people. This is supported by the design of development located along a street's edge. The topics covered in this element provide guidance on how to design a movement network that will facilitate prosperous local centres, safe streets, ease of movement for all and a place that is easily understood as you move through it.

Site contents

The contents list and design outcomes for the whole of this section are listed below. Each subheading highlights a separate webpage that can be accessed by clicking on the menu located to the left of this introduction.

Connections and connectivity

Design Outcome

Subdivisions provide movement choice and connectivity, while balancing costs, safety, and privacy.
 

Walkable neighbourhoods

Design Outcome

Prioritise pedestrian convenience and access to destinations in the design of subdivisions.

Legible hierarchies

Design Outcome

A clear and consistent road hierarchy helps to create accessible, legible and safe subdivisions and helps people understand how to get to main routes and know when they are on them.

Managing speed and modes

Design Outcome

Subdivision design ensures the safety of pedestrians and cyclists by managing vehicle travel speed, and provides equally for the four major modes (walking, cycling, passenger transport, vehicles) in a way that will appeal to the users of each.

Vehicle emissions and road layout

Design Outcome

Movement networks are designed to minimise the costs and environmental impacts of unnecessary travel.