Wedderburn Transport Planning offers a range of pedestrian movement analysis tools. We believe that our approach creates a bridge between distinct areas of professional expertise in masterplanning, demand forecasting and transport impact assessment. Service providers in these sectors typically use different language and different metrics to analyse pedestrian movement.
We have developed a common approach to assist architects and planners through all stages of the design process
SPATIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS TOOLS
We worked closely with Cardiff University during the development and testing of their SDNA and SDNA+ software www.cardiff.ac.uk/sdna/. Our analysis uses a standard pedestrian network representation for improved compatibility with other tools. We are developing methodologies for land use weighted analysis, which offers several advantages over purely spatial analysis.
The weighting method improves the predictive capability of the analysis by a significant margin, enables an assessment of the impact of land use mix assumptions, and ensures that the pedestrian analysis is fully integrated with other transport assessment work streams.
INTEGRATION WITH TRANSPORT ASSESSMENT
As described above, our approach to pedestrian can be fully integrated into the transport assessment process for new developments. The weighting factors used in spatial factors are derived from standard transport planning metrics, such as trip rates for different development types and public transport modelling outputs.
As a result, the impacts of new development on pedestrian movement to/from and between surrounding areas can be quantified and assessed in a manner consistent with other transport modes. The ability to quantify the positive impacts of context-sensitive development can be a powerful argument within the planning process.