The process of balancing movement and place needs to be based on an authentic understanding of local context – what constitutes a place, where are these elements located, how do they perform, and what do they need to be successful?
Integrated design of land use and transport should encompass an appropriate contextual fit:
- Is there a mix of local and community services close to homes or as a part of a trip chain to and from work? If not, could the project facilitate this?
- Are all walking and cycling desire lines accommodated within the project boundary and all adjacent networks connected together? Are these staged for delivery on Day 1?
- Can residents access all their daily needs such as shops, schools, and jobs without a car?
- Is there a precinct-wide strategy for loading and deliveries, (delivery bots, cargo bikes, freight consolidation, laneways, rideshare pick-up), parking, and kerbside activities?
- Does the street design change to reflect the needs and users of the places it passes through? Is it activated throughout the day?
- What is the grain of local movement – are blocks, major roads and rail lines permeable – can people move across every 150–200 metres? Can two wheelchair users pass each other?
- Does large freight or do hazardous goods pass through places? Can this be relocated? If not how is this mitigated?