The Australasian Pedestrian Crossing Facility Selection tool was first released in 2014, allowing practitioners throughout New Zealand and Australia to assess a wide range of possible crossing options at both midblock and intersection locations.
Prior to the development of the web-based tool there were few options for categorically assessing the economic and level of service implications of different pedestrian crossings at a site – a few jurisdictions had spreadsheet tools, although these were often limited.
Research for and development of the tool was conducted by Abley for Austroads, with guidance from a working group consisting of all Australian and New Zealand road controlling authorities. The research involved an extensive international literature review, plus conducting new focus group studies to assess pedestrian perceptions of delay and safety at different types of facility. Abley developed a modern user-friendly web interface for the tool, which lays out the required inputs in a clear manner and guides the user through the process of assessing all the different feasible options for a site.
Following user feedback, the Austroads working group recently approved a range of updates to the tool, which Abley has since developed. Version 2.0 of the tool was subsequently released on the 13th of April 2018. The version 2.0 user guide presents a full list of changes, in summary: