Pedestrian fencing, or guard rail, may be used on the side of a road or within the median to restrict pedestrian access to the carriageway, reducing conflict between motorised vehicles and pedestrians.
Fencing is often used to direct pedestrians to a preferred formal crossing point and to discourage pedestrians from making dangerous crossing movements where visibility may be limited.
Innovative solutions can be achieved through good street design using street furniture, planting and public art to guide and direct pedestrian movements. Designs must consider the needs of vulnerable road users and the mobility impaired.
- Helps to guide pedestrians to formal crossing points.
- Can help to prevent unwanted pedestrian crossing movements.
- Physically prevents pedestrian access to the carriageway.
- Helps to prevent pedestrians dashing out from pedestrian paths intersecting the road at right angle.
- Helps to prevent crowds from suddenly spilling out onto the road at exits of schools, cinemas and buildings etc.
- Can help to prevent motorists from parking on the footpath.
- Provides useful guidance for visually impaired pedestrians.
10 years - 20 years