Project Overview

PQN was a multi-disciplinary study, exploring the needs of pedestrians and developing models in context, based on evidence, and with measurable outputs. The project started with an inventory of available statistics, national and international research and development publications with regard to pedestrians and documented policy statements of stakeholders on the various political and institutional levels.

The Dynamic Model

The scientific programme for the Pedestrian Quality Needs (PQN) Action is based on a comprehensive conceptual model, describing the general factors that influence the actual decisions by (potential) pedestrians, be it for a door-to-door trip, a trip to other modes or just staying in public space.

This deductive 'back to basics' approach implies a study of the needs, tasks, competences, requirements of pedestrians, contexts and their performances in the various situations of the participating countries.

Past research resulted in substantial knowledge on the requirements for promoting walking in city centres. This study will expand that knowledge to everyday walking, in particular in the outskirts of towns and villages, where in fact most of the walking is done.

The model and its background are described in the PQN Final Report - Part A Introduction and Conceptual Framework available under Final Report.

Dynamic Model Chart