Footpaths should be improved for motorised chairs

This is a personal account of an older person's experience with the footpath system after relinquishing his drivers licence. It traces a journey via his new motorised chair (shopping scooter) through three kilometres of suburbia. The details of footpath construction are very important such as the smoothness of the invert at kerb crossings. Unfortunately some inadequately detailed features which have been recognised for decades (such as a bullnose at drainage lines) are still being built. The practice of providing for pedestrian needs falls far short of the rhetoric of encouraging walking because it is a healthy sustainable mode. The lack of attention to footway construction details is failing our frail elderly who increasingly rely on motorised chairs.


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  • Pagination: 229-42

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  • Accession Number: 01393977
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0957884001
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 9:55AM