The Challenge

Austroads publishes a range of guidance covering the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the road network in Australia and New Zealand.  The current Guides to Traffic Management and Guide to Road Design guidance with respect to planning and designing for pedestrians was considered to be out of date and inadequate.  As a result the guides did not consistently assist practitioners to create safe and walkable environments.  Abley were commissioned to update the Austroads guidance to ensure that Australian and New Zealand state and local governments had access to up-to-date pedestrian planning and design information that reflects national and international good practice.

The Solution

The guides were reviewed with respect to current international pedestrian planning and design best practice guidance and the outcomes of recent relevant research.  A practitioner industry survey was also undertaken to help inform this review.  The aim of the survey was to understand the current use of the Austroads guides by practitioners, identify what is useful and what is missing from the guides in terms of pedestrian planning and design, and help inform the development of recommendations for updates to the existing guides. A workshop with representatives from the nine Austroads jurisdictions was held to discuss the review findings and proposed guidance updates.

The Outcome

The outcome of the project was updates to Parts 3-8 of the Guide to Traffic Management series, these have now been published and the recommended changes to the Guide to Road Design series will follow soon.  Two practical webinars to introduce the most up-to-date international best practice guidance for pedestrian planning were also delivered.  The first webinar, Pedestrian Planning Concepts, focuses on the diversity of people that influences planning and designing for walking, how to plan for walking, and the selection of appropriate methods and tools.  The second webinar, Measuring Pedestrians – Survey and Audit Methods, explains the value of measuring and auditing walking activities and environments.