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Department of Transport and Main Roads

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Managing street furniture

Street furniture should be located in the ‘street furniture zone’ and may include:

  • trees and planter boxes
  • signposts, traffic signals and light poles
  • parking meters
  • rubbish bins
  • seats and tables
  • drinking fountains
  • telephones, advertising signs and vending machines.

Location of street furniture and other obstacles can reduce the path width, creating ‘squeeze points’.

Elements in the streetscape, including those at the property alignment/boundary, should be designed to allow for equitable use and arranged to ensure a continuous accessible path of travel.

The colour of street furniture should contrast with the background, to assist people with vision impairments.

TMR endorsed guidance

  • AS 1428.1 – 2009 Design for Access and Mobility Part 1: General Requirements for access – New building works

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Wayfinding signage

The purposes of wayfinding for walking are to:

  • help people orientate themselves and easily find their way to their destinations
  • help people to move easily between transport modes
  • encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport
  • give people confidence to stray from the main tourist routes and explore more of the area.

TMR endorsed guidance

  • Wayfinding and Signage for People Walking (Department of Transport and Main Roads, 2020)
  • AS1428.4.2 Design for access and mobility, Part 4.2: Means to assist the orientation of people with a vision impairment – Wayfinding signs

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Good public lighting is essential for personal security and for safe navigation.
Destinations such as public transport hubs and shopping centres are likely to have ‘after-dark’ demand from people walking so surrounding walking routes should be assessed and prioritised for lighting improvements.

TMR endorsed guidance

Other useful resources

Last updated 27 January 2023