As housing density in some suburbs increases, walking, wheeling and public transport will become even more critical for getting around efficiently, so we can retain our health and connect with the outdoors. More people today are walking and cycling for recreation and to stay healthy. Research shows physical activity not only strengthens muscles but protects the brain, lowering the risk of disease such as Alzheimer’s disease as we age¹.
Through neighbourhood planning, Council and residents are identifying the most used pathways between homes and the places people need to get to every day, such as bus stops, schools, parks and shopping centres. This will guide future pathway enhancements so that everyone can use them safely.
Council will continue widening pathways, installing further seating and shade, and separating bikes and electric scooters from pedestrians on busy paths. Knowing which routes are accessible by wheelchair and installing braille signs, audio and vibrating signals at select crossings is also vital.
New technologies, combined with traditional paper-based information, could help people of all abilities to confidently navigate the city by highlighting the most accessible routes. Exploring the role of accessible electric and three-wheeled bikes may also provide access for people previously unable to cycle.
Council acknowledges that cars will continue to have a role in the way residents get around and will continue allocating accessible parking bays and safe set-down areas. Changes to residential permits are already making parking easier for carers, cheaper for seniors and simpler for everyone.
The Transport Plan for Brisbane - Strategic Directions highlights further commitments to improve mobility options for all residents, including:
- prioritising the provision and upgrade of pedestrian pathways and footpaths
- developing more walking and wheeling tourist activities
- assessing public transport accessibility to identify areas of low public transport access
- improving options to get to and from public transport
- supporting projects that encourage people to use their local streets for community purposes including car-free days and road closures for community events.
Over the next 10 years, connecting all modes of travel will increase seamless end-to-end journeys for all residents and visitors.
"Smooth footpaths with shade and rest stops help me get out and about, and access more public transport."- Dianne, Forest Lake
1. R Petersen, Alzheimer’s disease: Can exercise prevent memory loss?, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, 2014, viewed 27 July 2019, https://www.mayoclinic.org
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