Pedestrian priority neighborhood

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From all the baseline analysis we come up with our vision for the project – ‘colorful village’. Colorful, it not only means visual but also implies diversity. We have six aspects for this vision: 1.a diverse community 2.a vibrant neighbourhood 3.strong community engagement 4.pedestrian priority neighborhood 5.grow their own food 6.small business. Here, I will explain more about pedestrian priority neighbourhood.

Currently, public health researchers are very interested in walking community. Because of lifestyle, leading to many negative health effects, such as obesity and heart disease(Hrushowy, 2006). Therefore, we want to build a place that encourage the residents to walk inside or outside the neighbourhood; a place which is more attractive, less polluted, less congested location and comfortable for people to walk (Hawaii Government, No date).

In our project, there is a main pedestrian road connect some open spaces to cohousing open space and also a walkable track connect to Cock Wood. People can walk through the whole site from social-private housing to cohousing area. In addition, some business will happen on the track. As Hawaii Government (No Date) mentioned, good sidewalk will bring huge benefits of economy. Some case studies have shown that because of convenient pedestrian design, high levels of retail activity often happen in shopping district and tourism areas. It means walkable areas will attract more people. However, in order to design successful pedestrian in neighbourhood, the appropriate units will be smaller than neighbourhood. Gehl (1987) gives one reason that human choose their specific route, rather than abstract entire neighborhoods, but the physical environment around pedestrians and social characteristics will decide the quality of the pedestrian experience (Bosselmann,1998; Cullen, 1961). Another reason is that most of pedestrian routes will happen on a block-by-block area, rather than entire neighbourhoods(Hrushowy, 2006). Therefore, when we think about our project, we need to work at this suitable scale.


Bosselmann, P. (1998). Representation of places: reality and realism in city design. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Gehl, J. (1 987). Life between buildings: using public space. New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold,.

Hrushowy, Neil James Christopher. (2006). A Case Study of Pedestrian Space Networks in Two Traditional Urban Neighbourhoods, Copenhagen, Denmark. University of California Transportation Center. UC Berkeley: University of California Transportation Center. Retrieved from:

Hawaii Government (No date) Available at: (Accessed: 21 April 2015)

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About Mengying Qiao

Hi, I am Mengying Qiao, as known as Joy. I am a girl from China. In July 2013, I graduated at Shanghai University where I received a bachelor’s in Urban Planning. I think life should not be flatly light. People should have their own pursuit and courage to challenge the limited life. Because I believe that human potential is endless, I would like to live in a competitive environment. That is why I choose to have my further study in Newcastle University. At present, I take a master course in Urban Design with the hope that I can learn a lot from this course and have different cultural experience. After 3 months living here, I now settle in well and I am so glad to make many new friends in Newcastle. Apart from urban design, things that hold my passion are listening to the music, reading, practicing my guitar and cooking. And also I really love traveling, going to new places to make new friends and learning about different cultures and life.

2 thoughts on “Pedestrian priority neighborhood

  1. Hi Joy,
    Very Interesting, great post!

    I think that encouraging people to walk within and outside of your development is a good approach to adopt. Considering the location of the site and the nearby amenities it is evident that through successfully encouraging sustainable modes of transport the proposed community can be linked with the existing community of Hexham.
    Your comment regarding the possible health benefits brought by increased walking was of key interest to me. Transport for London last year produced the first ever Transport Health Action Plan (available here: which considers through planning and design decisions more sustainable methods of transportation can be encouraged. Stemming from this research another report titled ‘Creating Walkable Cities’ (available here:, directly as you suggest in your blog post links a good quality environment to increased people choosing to walk.
    Therefore I believe your idea to have a main pedestrianised street is beneficial to achieving your vision. However I do think it is important to consider other benefits of walking other than the economic benefit. As you say yourself the context of our site is different to that of wanting to achieve economic benefit, I believe there are other benefits you could acknowledge to link increased walking back to your vision. For example by considering increasing walking alongside the other goals of your vision such as ‘a vibrant community’, increased walking could increase the opportunity for informal meetings and encourage neighbours to interact and in turn develop a sense of vibrancy and connection within your neighbourhood.


  2. Hi, Joy
    I agree with your idea. Pedestrian is so important for urban design. It connects the relationship between people and public space and vehicle road. We need to think about the distinct each other. You refer to build more pedestrian space for old people walking for their healthy physical. I so agree with your this idea. Because people go outside by car usually, people are lack of the exercise everyday. It creates more opean space and environment for old people. From the Healthy Communities initiative, here mention the aims of program to encourage people walking everyday for physical activities. ( In my group, I also design a lot of pedestrian road for old people. But I think different pedestrian roads have the different function. For example, the front of yard of pedestrian roads and the back of yard pedestrian road has the different function. There may also choose different distinct in the different area.

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