Брисбен - The 2011 Brisbane Ideas Competition - Walking Brisbane

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Walking Brisbane by Sue Stevenson & Zeglar Fergus



What would it be like to walk from the southern to northern most boundary of Brisbane?

Brisbane established in 1824, council created in 1925 incorporating 20 smaller municipalities resulting in a single local government entity over 1,300km² in area and with a budget of _1.6 billion.

The city includes 6,800kms of roads, 50,000 intersections, 850 sets of traffic lights and many kilometres of shared bikeway and paths, but can you walk from the southern most point to the northern most?

Southern boundary: corner of Johnson and Beaudesert Roads, Browns Plains.

Northern boundary: Brighton Beach Park @ Hornibrook Highway.

Total distance walked: 61.95km or approximately 65,000 steps.

Day 1 Thursday: 33.15km in 6hr:20min, 126 street crossings.

Day 2 Friday: 28.8km in 5hr: 25min, 145 street crossings.

WHAT WE FOUND:

RESOURCES:

BCC webpage 'Traffic and Transport' pull-down features 5 vehicle related sub headings. 'Facilities and Recreation' includes 'Walking' but directs to the bikeway maps. These are the maps we used for the walk.

START: From Johnson Road heading north. First issue; no pathway along the highway or across the Logan Motorway!

BARRIERS: Chain mesh, walls, permanent and temporary construction fences. There is a surprising amount of barb wire!

WHICH WAY?: It is easy to become disorientated at street level and walk in the wrong direction. Maps do not always help. Landmarks or vistas provide better references than street plans.

MAIN ROAD STRONG

ATTRACTORS: Pathways that do not link or only skirt around existing obstacles force pedestrians towards main roads. Construction work has a similar effect.

HALF WAY: Over night at Kangaroo Point motel, dinner at the Piney Hotel.

WHAT IS IN IT FOR

PEDESTRIANS?: Why do it if there is nowhere to sit in the shade (or sun), somewhere to put things down?

SIGNS: Are these helping or creating a problem? Many vehicle traffic signs are used by pedestrians.

FINISH: Brighton Park beside the Highway.

OUR THOUGHTS:

1 BCC PEDESTRIAN ADVOCATE:

BCC becomes a pedestrian advocate for city walking.

Pedestrian and walking pull down menu on web page, not as an adjunct to the bikeway system, BCC supports pedestrians.

2 PEDSTRIAN FRIENDLY MAPS:

To assist pedestrian orientation maps include local features and distinctive landmarks to help with way finding.

3 PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY STOPS:

More shade, weather protection, seats and horizontal areas to put things down. Avoid the front of shops being only for cars.

4 WEAKEN THE MAIN ROAD STRONG ATTRACTION:

It was difficult to keep heading north, the main roads kept drawing me towards them.

To minimise the strong pull main roads exert connect pathways to and between each other. Avoid outlining or skirting obstacles, rather connect paths over and around, just like the main road do.

5 PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY TRAFFIC SIGNS:

Street signs made more pedestrian friendly by providing information related to walking.

6 PATHWAY ORIENTATION

On foot, each pathway intersection presents a potential wayfinding decision.

A ubiquitous imprinted pavement compass would help with orientation.

7 NORTH/ SOUTH PATHWAY:

Is it possible for Brisbane to develop a useable north/ south pathway that links into the existing while avoiding the main roads and highways?

Thanks to Ryan Bradely, Walking in LA, Good Magazine,
WALKING BRISBANE PART 2: East to West including Moreton Island
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