Footpaths & crossings

Road design and management must take into account the needs of all road users, especially vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Road infrastructure now includes many facilities that make travel by walking and cycling easier, safer and more predictable. Clearly marked and signalled pedestrian crossings, centre-of-road refuge islands, motion detectors and surface indicators help people safely cross busy urban roads and provide safer access for those using mobility aids.

Issues

Crossing busy roads can be difficult and risky for any pedestrians. The needs of pedestrians with disabilities, older pedestrians and children require particular consideration when developing the road network.

Initiatives for safer footpaths and crossings

DPTI collaborates with local government and community user groups, implementing several strategies to make street crossings safer and more accessible for all pedestrians. Treatments and devices to improve safety for people with visual and physical disabilities include:

  • signalised pedestrian crossings with:
    • audio tactile push buttons and /or
    • microwave motion detectors to detect the presence of pedestrians at the crossing
  • kerb extensions to minimise crossing distance
  • kerb ramps
  • medians, and pedestrian refuges, to allow the crossing of roads in two stages
    pedestrian walkthroughs
  • tactile ground surface indicators.

Latest news

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Southern Expressway Community Safety Initiatives

16 Oct 2018

The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.


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Cars with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators to be refused registration in South Australia from 1 November 2018

08 Sep 2018

The South Australian Registrar of Motor Vehicles will refuse the registration of light vehicles fitted with defective Takata ‘Alpha’ type airbag inflators from 1 November 2018 until they are rectified to ensure the safety of all road users.


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Road safety works

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Temporary closure of South Road (northbound) from Friday 5 October

28 Sep 2018

The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.


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Safety improvements to the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road

04 Sep 2018

Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.


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