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Monday, 05 June 2017

Guidance for walking and cycling paths expanded and updated

Austroads has published an updated edition of the Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Paths for Walking and Cycling.

The Guide provides advice on the design of paths for safe and efficient walking and cycling, both within and outside the road corridor, including pedestrian paths, bicycle paths or cycle tracks, shared paths, and separated paths.

Pedestrians and cyclists need paths that are safe, connected, legible, comfortable, convenient, universal and pleasant. The Guide describes types of paths and covers the requirements of path users, factors that influence path locations, and geometric design criteria for a path and related facilities such as intersections between paths, and terminal treatments. Detailed guidance is provided on path location, alignment, width, clearances, crossfall, drainage and sight distance requirements.

This second edition has been restructured and contains editorial and technical changes. The title has been amended to better reflect the information on the functions and types of paths covered in this edition.

Updated and new information includes:

  • additional information on providing universal access
  • information on levels of service
  • a broader range of path user considerations
  • new information on mobility scooters
  • additional information for path widths based on volumes
  • additional commentary on pedestrian needs and sight distance and a new equation to determine stopping sight distance
  • a new section consolidating special treatments for intersections of paths with paths
  • new information on path terminal treatments
  • new information on principles in providing paths through culverts.
  • a new appendix providing information on speed limiting treatments on paths
  • additional information on bituminous surfaces
  • a new section on life cycle costing.

This edition was written by Peter Aumann from ARRB and Tony Arnold from the Australian Bicycle Council. Production was project managed by Gemma Kernich from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia.

The hard copy can be purchased for $77 (+postage and handling) and the PDF for $61.90.

Austroads members can download PDF versions of the Guides for free. This includes all state and territory road agencies and local councils in Australia and New Zealand.

To request your user login and password for free access please send an email from your work email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Guide link: Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Paths for Walking and Cycling

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