The Principal Pedestrian Network (PPN) shows the routes that would be frequently used (more frequent in red) to get to key destinations (e.g. Wallsend South Public School in the map) by people taking the shortest path from home.
The first step in developing the PPN required the mapping of:
The paths people can take throughout our city (largely based on the road network, with other paths included)
Key destinations – schools, local centres, parks and playgrounds and others
By estimating the distance people are willing to walk to various destinations, shortest paths were considered for all people within that "walkable" distance and mapped. The number of trips that would pass a segment of path, based on these shortest paths, were then calculated, and coded on the map with a colour.
This will give an indication of where paths are, or could be, well used if they had good quality pedestrian infrastructure. It should be noted that this is only one tool within the planning process. Local insights and understanding of the needs of potential pedestrians play a key role in interpreting the PPN and guiding new infrastructure works.
There will be a public-facing map which will include the PPN, along with features to facilitate pedestrian activity, including adaptable wayfinding tools, which will develop routes based on different accessibility requirements.