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Walking Network Planning Guidance for Queensland

We partnered with ARUP to create Queensland specific guidance for planning walking networks in precincts such as activity centres, schools and public transport hubs.  The work was commissioned by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).


Our review of national and international guidelines indicated two guidelines could be combined to create an approach suitable for a range of scales within Queensland.

The methodology was then piloted in the precincts of Mount Isa CBD, Gladstone CBD and Loganlea rail station. A walking network plan and a prioritised works plan for each precinct were developed with the community, local Council and other stakeholders. 


We then prepared walking network planning guidance which included methodology, tips for users, case studies and other tools (e.g. walking audit tool, workshop running sheet) to assist others in preparing their own walking network plans (TMR, 2020).


Best practice guideline review 

Walking network planning and works programs

Community and stakeholder consultation 

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Brisbane e-wheeling investigations

We were commissioned by Brisbane City Council to investigate issues, opportunities, and constraints to

e-wheeling in Brisbane (e-wheeling includes e-scooters, e-bikes, and other electric micro-mobility devices).


The project included a review of the current use of these modes, a literature review to understand the impact on modal change, and investigating case studies to understand emerging trends and outcomes.


The product was recommendations for future directions for Brisbane including an action plan. The project featured stakeholder consultation at key stages of the project.


Research and literature review on micro-mobility

Prioritised action plan

Stakeholder consultation 

Active Transport Strategy Project

Cairns Active Transport Strategy

Our project for Cairns Regional Council involved reviewing their existing cycling and walking strategy and network plan. Our objective was to prepare an updated version which responds to their expanding active transport network, new development and new directions in policy and planning.


Our work included community and stakeholder engagement, using Social Pinpoint mapping and online surveys. We reviewed the existing situation, set the project’s vision and objectives, and developed separate pedestrian and cycle network plans, priorities and a detailed, costed works plan in consultation with key stakeholders.


Strategy and action plan development

Walk and cycle network planning and implementation

Community and stakeholder consultation

Cycle Options Analysis for Toowoomba East

Toowoomba East Creek Cycle Options Analysis

Our project for Toowoomba Regional Council involved an options analysis along the East Creek Principal Cycle Network. We established a basis for design (infrastructure standards), short-listed route and design
options, used multi-criteria to analyse options and prepared concept design plans of the preferred option. The final outcome, prepared in association with Bitzios Consulting, was two concept design plans, a shared path for the short term and a cycle track for the medium- to long-term.

The design ensured historic and significant trees were retained, extreme flood zone areas were avoided and impact on the amenity of the parkland area minimised. Stakeholder engagement with Council, the
Department of Transport and Main Roads and external stakeholders were key elements of this project.


Active transport option analysis utilising MCA

Input to concept design

Community and stakeholder consultation

Noosa Heads Parking Plan

Noosa Transport Strategy Implementation

Our project for Noosa Council involved assisting with the investigation to prefeasibility stages for five priority areas nominated in their transport strategy. We investigated car parking management, shuttle buses, park n ride, and transit lanes. We assisted with data collection, research, option development and assessment and developed a potential approach to car parking for Noosa Heads.


Research best practice car parking management case studies and approaches

Car parking analysis
and policy


Stakeholder consultation

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TMR Active Transport Technical Advice

We were contracted to Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to provide advice on a range of walking and cycling issues. We assisted TMR with the implementation of key actions from their Cycling Strategy and recent Walking Strategy. We assisted in delivering pedestrian and cycle training and prepared detailed technical notes to provide guidance to practitioners. This involved analysis, research and innovative solutions summarised in concise technical documents. 


Our work includes an update of Design and Selection of Cycle Tracks, the Supplement on Advisory Bicycle Lanes and Cycle Streets and Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan guidance.  We successfully implemented internal approval and publishing procedures, including stakeholder engagement and negotiation to resolve identified concerns to finalise the published technical notes.


Implementing internal approval and publishing procedures

Stakeholder engagement and negotiation

Delivering active transport technical training

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Ipswich Wayfinding Strategy

We delivered, in association with Sustainable Transport Consultants, an active transport wayfinding strategy and design manual. The manual was designed to assist Ipswich City Council implement cycle wayfinding across their network and pedestrian wayfinding in activity centres and destinations. We aligned the cycle wayfinding components with the latest Austroads design guidance. We developed a bespoke methodology for signing pedestrian networks, as well as developing pedestrian signage design, maps and case studies.



Active transport wayfinding strategy, methodology and processes

Design manual for signage suite

Bespoke pedestrian
methodology and signage suite


"If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you design them for people, you get walkable, livable communities.”

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Parris Glendening, Former American Politician

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