What are the benefits of a Pedestrian Access Plan?

    Almost every trip we make requires walking and it is the cheapest, fairest and most sustainable form of transport. Many types of walking trips are occurring daily. A walking trip can originate from various places; home, school, shop, church, bus stop or parked vehicle etc. It is important that related infrastructure allows pedestrians to navigate walking in a safer manner between the origin an destination.

    This Pedestrian Access Plan proposes ways to have better connected and safer pedestrian walking within a shopping strip and around schools.  The investigations were undertaken through collection of data, observations, consultation with some users and stakeholders.

    What is a draft Pedestrian Access Plan?

    A draft Pedestrian Access Plan is prepared in the early stages of a project to develop and test measures to increase pedestrian safety and accessiblity. A Draft Plan can be changed or modified based on the testing results. Once a Draft Plan is agreed, a Final Plan will be developed.

    What are the types of pedestrian crossing facilities?

    The main types of crossing facilities are:

    • Pedestrian refuge island

    • Marked (zebra) crossing at road level

    • Marked (zebra) crossing on a raised threshold (also called as a 'wombat crossing')

    • Children’s crossing (operates only during morning and afternoon peak times during school days)
    • Signalised crossing

    Selection of a type of crossing appropriate for a site primarily depends on number of pedestrians crossing the subject section, number of vehicles travelling through and site configuration. All pedestrian crossing designs require approval from Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) and Local Traffic Committee which is a technical committee.