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Providing facilities for pedestrians

Pedestrian road safety

As a community, we all need to work together to make our roads safer. Get the facts on pedestrian road safety. Find out more about sharing the road with other road users.

Local governments

Councils play a critical role in creating the places where Queenslanders live, work and play. As part of creating these environments councils need to provide safe, attractive, enjoyable and accessible pedestrian facilities which accommodate everyone. 

Councils have a responsibility to encourage people to walk more often, particularly for short trips. People walking more will create healthy, active communities and embed walking into the community's lifestyle.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for ensuring we have provision for pedestrians on state-controlled roads.

The department and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) have signed an agreement for the sharing of costs related to common activities within State-controlled road corridors. View the agreement.

This agreement acknowledges that roads do not exist in isolation and recognises the needs of local government and the department.

To assist pedestrians, local councils can:

  • identify route networks with important or potential pedestrian flows such as to the central business district, schools, hospitals and other amenities
  • conduct walking audits, especially in areas of high pedestrian use
  • identify potential solutions based on these audits such as:
    • introducing traffic calming
    • reducing the design speed of roads to create a more welcoming walking environment
    • reducing or relocating car parking which encourages private vehicle use
    • constructing wider pavements
    • raising the road to footpath level at crossings
    • adding or upgrading pedestrian crossings
    • adding signposting, seats, bins, and good lighting
    • implementing measures to cater for pedestrians with mobility difficulties, such as dropped kerbs, tactile paving and audio-tactile push buttons
    • adding trees and other shade, water bubblers, small gardens, and public art to create an attractive environment
    • enforcing penalties for footpath parking
    • providing high quality maintenance
    • making information on popular walking routes available to the public.

The following resource package has been developed to assist local governments in promoting walking: Easy Steps: a toolkit for planning, designing and promoting safe walking.

Walking audits

A walking audit allows a council or community to identify barriers to walking safely and more often. Walking audits should consider:

  • whether a route is high use
  • whether a route connects major services and business areas such as between major transit stations and shopping or office precincts
  • whether the footpath is:
    • wide enough to cope comfortably with the level of use
    • well maintained
    • free of obstructions
    • attractively landscaped and free of litter
  • features for pedestrians with mobility/visibility difficulties
  • appropriate signage along the route
  • location and types of crossings. 

Guides to delivering pedestrian infrastructure

The Road Planning and Design Manual, Chapter 5: Traffic Parameters and Human Factors provides information on the departmental standards and guidelines relating to the planning and design of pedestrian facilities.

Other guidelines for pedestrian facilities include the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) (see Part 10 on Pedestrian Control and Protection), and the Traffic and Road Use Management (TRUM) guide (see section 3.7 of the guide relating to Pedestrian access and Mobility Plans). 

The department's Road Safety Policy helps us to prioritise the safety of our customers in the delivery of infrastructure across Queensland’s road network, enabling our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on Queensland roads. 

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a way of using the built environment to reduce crime. It can be considered in the provision of facilities which serve the needs of pedestrians and decrease opportunities for crime. The rationale is based on the concept that built environments and public spaces can be designed to encourage desired behaviours. All new pedestrian facilities should be designed with CPTED principles in mind. 

The Easy Steps resource package has been developed to assist local governments in promoting walking:

It contains links to a number of walking websites which complement the Easy Steps package. 

The information contained within the Easy Steps is accurate as at 2005. The department is updating resources to support local governments to develop walking initiatives. 

Last updated
18 August 2019