Paths that provide for people moving on foot, bicycle
or other mobility aid vehicles within streets or public and semi-public spaces.
Pedestrian and bicycle paths
specifically provide for people on foot, bicycle or other mobility aid
vehicles. Paths may be located on local streets and major roads, in public
spaces such as parks and reserves, or through semi-private spaces such as car parking
lots, forecourts and arcades. Paths may be solely for pedestrian use, cyclist
use, or shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists.
Pedestrian and bicycle routes should connect people
directly with local destinations such as schools, shops, train stations and
Why is it
Convenient, safe and comfortable pedestrian and
bicycle paths are a valuable part of the movement network, and act as more than
just thoroughfares. Footpaths are multi-use environments
where people socialise, conduct business and observe the world around them as
well as travel from one place to another on foot. Pedestrian and bicycle paths
are also very important in enabling people to be physically active.
Pedestrian and bicycle paths are most inviting when
they are direct, highly visible and well sign-posted, offer shade, seating and
end-of journey facilities. The diverse needs of pedestrians and cyclists –
children and young people, older people and those with a disability who may be
using mobility aids – require inclusive design solutions..
Element 2.1 Movement network
Element 2.4 Pedestrian and bicycle crossings
Austroads 'Guide to Road Design' provides technical
guidance for path design.