New footpaths for improved pedestrian access

25 May 2016

Most roads within Bayside will qualify for a footpath on at least one side of the road under a new policy adopted by Bayside City Council.

 The Footpath Treatments Within the Road Reserve Policy will improve the footpath network to local services and amenities throughout the municipality to ensure equal access and opportunities to pedestrians of all abilities.

Bayside Mayor, Councillor James Long, B.M, J.P said footpaths were particularly important for the most vulnerable members of our community.

“Children and their parents, older people, people with disabilities and those using mobility aids need safe and accessible footpaths to get around our neighbourhoods,” Councillor Long said.

 “The lack of a footpath can create a physical barrier and limit opportunities for some to be mobile. We want all Bayside residents to have equal right of movement throughout their neighbourhood.”

 There are currently a number of locations in Bayside where no footpath exists and these will be prioritised for treatment as part of Council’s Footpath Connectivity Program.

 New footpaths will be constructed from concrete or asphalt to provide a firm and slip resistant surface that can withstand inclement weather so that all users, irrespective of their mobility needs, are able to use them. In some locations other materials to complement neighbourhood character may be used.

 The Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010 applies to Council’s construction of new footpaths. The Act states that any person with a disability has a right to access and use public places in the same way that a person without a disability does.

Bayside City Council supports equal access to pedestrians of all abilities including those with mobility issues.

 Council conducted an extensive community engagement program to help identify the range of issues of concern to different groups within the community to inform the development of the policy and to raise awareness within the Bayside community of this important human rights issue.

Page last updated: 25 May 2016