Pedestrian and Mobility Plan 2018/19 to 2028/29
The Ballina Shire Council Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plan (PAMP) is a strategic ten year plan up to 2029 for pedestrian works to improve access, mobility and safety for the community. It is a comprehensive and integrated plan for the development of coordinated, convenient and safe pedestrian networks within Ballina Shire.
The 2018 PAMP is the fourth pedestrian plan produced by Ballina Shire Council. Council’s first PAMP was adopted in 2004. In 2010 a new PAMP was developed, and in 2013 the PAMP was reviewed and a revised delivery program produced.
The 2018 Plan includes 96 priority footpath and pedestrian projects across the Shire to improve connections to business, recreational, educational and community services. Projects focus on new and upgraded footpaths, pedestrian refuges and centre medians.
Development of the Plan was undertaken in partnership with the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) and the communities of Ballina Shire. Over 300 community submissions were received during the community consultation phase of the PAMP. Priority concerns for the community were safety, access and improving the walkability of Ballina Shire, and there was recognition that improved pedestrian infrastructure is good for the environment, physical, social and mental health and has economic benefits.
The PAMP contains:
- A review of relevant planning policies and pedestrian research
- Review of pedestrian crash data within Ballina Shire
- Results of community consultation and
- Priority listing and mapping of planned pedestrian projects from 2018 to 2029.
Projects included in the PAMP are used to develop Council’s Delivery and Operational Plan, and to inform funding applications made by Council to the State Government. The PAMP Delivery Program is linked to the recurrent budget allocation for footpaths and shared paths in the capital works program.
Priority ordering of footpath projects within the PAMP ensures that all available funding is used effectively to improve the pedestrian network. Factors used to develop the priority order included:
- Location of pedestrian crashes
- Usage by vulnerable pedestrian groups (such as children or older pedestrians)
- Land use and traffic
- Community need and benefit and
Development of the PAMP aligns with several Ballina Shire Council commitments including:
- The Community Strategic Plan 2017 - to provide a more connected community, a healthy community and a healthy environment
- The Road Safety Strategy 2014 - to improve path connectivity within the Shire and the safety of vulnerable road users
- The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021 – for the development of a network of Continuous Accessible Paths of Travel towards the objective of universal access
Further information: Helen Carpenter, Road Safety Officer, Ph 1300 864 444.