Transport for London (TfL) launched their recent publication of ‘The Planning for Walking Toolkit’ on 23rd April 2020, with a clear aim of elevating walking as a key mode of transport across the capital.

The Planning for Walking Toolkit is a welcome policy document, that sets out a clear strategy to support the development of better public realm in London. Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, in the foreword strongly states:

“…I am committed to elevating walking as the travel mode that binds all aspects of successful and healthy urban living. This document raises our ambition and, importantly, provides the tools for planning better environments for walking.”

mode transport planning welcomes guidance on a much overlooked but vitally important mode of transport; it is our hope that architects, developers, engineers and urban designers will embrace TfL’s approach with open arms .

When considering any new urban realm that is focused on pedestrian legibility; the document suggestes consideration should be informed by these seven principles. These core principles should also be considered when considering a street’s overall function:

The document, which is just shy of 100 pages, with only the last 10 pages showcasing London Borough case studies, is more than just a document focused on how Londoners move around; but is a well founded guidance this is applicable to all of our towns and cities across the UK. mode’s David Frisby suggests:

“The relevance of enabling people to walk more is vital for the future health of our towns and cities; coupled with the recent COVID-19 outbreak that has seen world governments encouraging their citizens to walk more as part of a more healthy lifestyle, means that the publication of TfL’s “Planning for Walking Toolkit” could not be more timely and provides detailed guidance that could be applied far beyond the reach of our capital city”