Chongqing Yuzhong Peninsula Pedestrian System Planning and Design

Chongqing Yuzhong Peninsula Pedestrian System Planning and Design

Project Summary: 

Chongqing is known as a “mountain city”. 50% of local residents walk as their primary daily transportation mode. In 2010 Chongqing was selected to participate a pilot project to develop an urban non-motorized transport (NMT) system tailored to China, part of a national program launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

CSTC assisted with the project site at the Yuzhong Peninsula. The area covers 9.5 sq.km and has an extremely high population density, 55,000 people per sq.km. The goal of the project is to create a well-distributed and high-quality pedestrian network which will improve connections between major attractions, integrate major public spaces, enhance the quality of pedestrian facilities and public spaces, and build beautiful, distinctive and pedestrian-friendly public nodes that demonstrate the spirit and culture of Chongqing.

This project has two special features. First, CSTC conducted a “public life-public space” (PLPS) survey to guide the process of planning and design, and to enable a before and after comparison to measure project impact. Though used in many cities such as Copenhagen and New York, this is the first time the PLPS survey has been used in China. Second, the project area includes a historic city path, named Route 3. Integrating Route 3’s long history, the project design celebrated Chongqing’s mountainous topography and pedestrian-friendly history. Signs, lighting, benches, handrails and other street furnishings were installed along the route. Street crossing facilities were also improved to prioritize pedestrians. As a result, the project has received a China Habitat Award.

Currently, the project team is in collaboration with the Chongqing city government to carry out Phase 2 of the pilot project, focusing on the renovation of Jiefangbei CBD pedestrian-only shopping street.

CSTC’s Role: 

  1. Public Life- Public Space (PLPS) survey
  2. Management and Coordination
  3. Detailed Design
  4. Construction Quality Assurance

Location: Chongqing Municipality
Population: 712,000
Area: 9.5km2
Completion time: September, 2011
Client: Chongqing City Planning Bureau
Partner: Chongqing Planning and Design Institute; Gehl Architects (Denmark)