A footpath is a strip of concrete, asphalt, pavers, bitumen seal or crushed rock laid between the back of kerb and the property boundary (or elsewhere) for use as a path by pedestrians.

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Glossary of Austroads Terms

The Glossary of Austroads Terms defines a footpath as a "public way reserved for the movement of pedestrians and of manually propelled vehicles."

Australian Road Rules

The Australian Road Rules define a footpath as "an area open to the public that is designated for, or has as one of its main uses, use by pedestrians."

Useful Life

The useful life of a footpath will depend on a number of factors including soil conditions, the material it is made from, its thickness, and the proximity of trees. A life of 40-50 years is typical for concrete footpaths in some areas.

Types of Footpaths

The majority of footpaths are typically constructed from either; asphalt, concrete, pavers or gravel. In the case of concrete footpaths additives may be added to colour the footpath or even make it glow in the dark.

Footpath Design

Part 6A of the Austroads Guide to Road Design provides guidance for road designers and other practitioners on the design of paths for safe and efficient walking and cycling.

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External Links & References

  1. NAMS.AU Practice Notes - the page includes a link to the preamble of Practice Note 1: Footpaths & Cycleways.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Temora Shire Council Footpath Maintenance and Construction Policy
  4. Muswellbrook Footpaths Risk Control
  5. Infrastructure Design / Network Planning (Austroads).
  6. Guidelines for Construction of Concrete Footpath Slabs
  7. Canterbury City Council Footpath Condition & Maintenance Policy
  8. Ashfield Council Footpath Repair and Maintenance Policy
  9. Rubbersidewalks
  10. Concrete Path Guidelines
  11. Asset Mates Share Path Signage Discussion
  12. Google Search
  13. Australia's First Glow in the Dark Footpath
  14. Parsons v Randwick Municipal Council (2003)
  15. Port Macquarie Hastings Council v Mooney (2014)
  16. Footpath Icons (The Noun Project)

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