Being a pedestrian in places without footpaths

Mangerton, Wollongong

It is common in many suburbs for there to be no paved footpaths. 

This results in pedestrians, particularly those with prams and strollers or wheelchairs having to use the road. Some of these roads can be busy and consequently perilous for the pedestrian not to mention accompanying small children.

All streets should have a paved footpath on at least one side of the street (if not both). 

Does your local area have footpaths on every street?

Footpaths are managed by Local Council.  As core users of footpaths, you should feel comfortable communicating your needs, wants and expectations to Council.


Pathways to Inclusion

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Blind Citizens NSW, People With Disability Australia and Inner West Council collaborated on a report called Pathways To Inclusion, which found lack of footpaths was a notable barrier to safe or effective travel.

The more a person has to deviate from the desired line/direct route the more energy is
required. Everyone has different fitness and fatigue levels. If the person has a chronic health condition and/or a disability the extra distance could be the deciding factor on if the person is able to continue the journey.  

The recent US dogumentary on the Guide Dogs for the Blind training program, shows the additional training required by a guide dog to navigate around spaces missing footpaths. 

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