Pedestrian Comfort Guidance for London - Guidance Document

Transport for London
Publication date: 
January 2010

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This guide and accompanying spreadsheet is aimed at anyone involved in the planning of London’s streets, whether TfL staff, local authority officers, elected members, consultants assessing the impact ofdevelopment proposals, developers, or theiragents. It is intended to ensure that the design of pedestrian footways and crossings areappropriate to the volume and type of users of that environment. The guidance is applicable whether evaluating a new design or assessing an existing footway.

What is the guide for?

The primary objective of the guidance is to assist those responsible for planningLondon’s streets to create excellent pedestrianenvironments through a clear, consistent process during the planning and implementationof transport improvement projects.

For existing sites; undertaking a comfort assessment will identify priorities for action or attention, the cause of these issues and help to identify mitigation measures to make the sitemore comfortable.

For schemes in development; undertaking acomfort assessment will identify any potential problems at an early stage. Mitigation measures, such as the relocation of street furniture, can then be decided upon if required.