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Walking and accessibility

Valuable information is provided on planning and designing facilities for pedestrian safety, accessibility and amenity.

  Planning and Designing for Pedestrians: Guidelines

Revised Guidelines designed to provide clear guidance on current standards and best practice for the planning and design of pedestrian facilities in Western Australia are now available. It incorporates current Western Australian Policies, Standards and Guidelines and refers to AustRoads Guide to Traffic Management and Guide to Road Design series, and relevant Australian Standards.

The development of the Guidelines was coordinated by the Department of Transport in partnership with the Department of Planning, Main Roads Western Australia, Disability Services Commission, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, Western Australia Local Government Association, Public Transport Authority and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

The main objective of the Guidelines is to increase the skills, knowledge and capacity amongst planning, engineering and other relevant professional staff throughout WA, in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of pedestrian facilities on the road network. The Guidelines provide a single source document that outlines the standards for pedestrian facilities.

The Guidelines have been produced to supplement a training course on designing facilities for pedestrians but can also be use as a stand-alone set of training notes, which provide information on key design requirements and refer users to relevant guidelines and standards which can be used as further reference material.

It is intended that the Guidelines will address the needs of a range of organisations, including:

  • State Government Organisations such as Main Roads Western Australia, the Department of Transport and Department of Planning.
  • Local Government both Metropolitan and Regional.
  • Engineering and Planning Consultants.
  • Road Network Contractors.
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Pedestrians form the largest single road-user group and they are among the most vulnerable group of road users.

The definition of 'pedestrians' in this website include all non-vehicular mobility (including the use of, for example, wheelchairs, guide dogs or other mobility aids).

Planning and designing good pedestrian infrastructure with the needs of people with disabilities in mind would benefit the whole community and foster sustainable, healthier and safer communities.

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  Disability access and mobility

Visit the section on Disability access and mobility for information on:

  • Disability access and inclusion plan (DAIP).
  • Universal access.


Local streets/paths were identified as the most frequently used facilities for physical activity (49%), followed by the home (48%). Approximately 25% of Western Australians reported using walking or cycle paths, an increase from 1999 (10%). PATF Adult survey 2009:

  • In a survey conducted by the Department of Transport in 2008, the most common places that people would walk to were the shops, friend's house, parks, beaches or river. These local destinations are usually within a 2 km radius. Respondents also said that they would walk more if encouraged to do so and if there were good walking paths.

The City of Stirling has developed a Footpath Policy and reporting system so that footpaths and dual use paths are well maintained and kept clear of hazards and obstructions.

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  National, state and local government policies

For information on policies relating to disability access visit the Universal access page.

  Accessibility resources

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AT_WALK_P_Accessible_Communities_report_compendium.pdf icon Accessible communities study report compendium (2009) Kb
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