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A footpath for every street

By Kramer - 10 November 2009 24

The ABC reports that the Canberra Pedestrian Forum are up in arms about new draft plans for pedestrian and cycle routes proposed for the ACT. Leon Arundell from Canberra Pedestrian Forum says “Many of Canberra’s 64,000 school children and 10,000 bus commuters can’t even get to a bus stop without walking on the road”. So the CPF seems to be asking for a footpath on every road in Canberra?!? Maybe we need an underpass every time a footpath crosses a road too? This is just another example of user conflict and non-sharing attitudes on the roads which we have seen numerous times with cyclists. Motorised vehicles are required to give way to all pedestrian traffic, so do we really need footpaths on all suburban streets?

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Ellen 11:56 am 13 Nov 09

There are no footpaths on my street. While trying to negotiate the uneven terrain, I have sprained my ankle on two separate occasions in the last ten years (once very badly)less than a block from my front door. I may be more prone to this type of injury than the average person since I have low muscle tone, but I benefit greatly from keeping active. Unfortunately it is harder for me to be active in my own street. But at least I am still fairly young and fit, unlike the older people who live around me.

I might add that I too have had children who’ve, like most kids, managed to get to school and back without major incident or injury. But of the nearly three and a half km they had to negotiate each day, our own street caused me the most worry.

I can certainly see the need for footpaths.

Holden Caulfield 11:57 am 12 Nov 09

Aeek said :

Everyone is obliged to avoid a collision if they can, it does not matter if the other party is in the wrong.

Yeah, but that opens up discussion to an unwritten rule that far too many people seem unaware of – common sense!

tidalik 7:24 am 12 Nov 09

I guess I was thinking only of suburban roads where there is no footpath and pedestrians do have right to walk on roads.

Agree with HC that as a blanket rule (if it is one) it would be impractical and dangerous in practice.

Aeek 9:48 pm 11 Nov 09

Everyone is obliged to avoid a collision if they can, it does not matter if the other party is in the wrong.

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