Pedestrians

Walking routes & pedestrian facilities in Randwick

Randwick City Council's cycling and walking map shows lots of walking paths including the popular coastal walk. The coastal walk extends from Clovelly through to Maroubra Beach. Future coastal walk proposals will extend this project all the way to La Perouse.

Contact us to have a map posted to you. Alternately drop into one of the Council's libraries or to our main office at 30 Frances Street, Randwick and pick up a copy today. 

We have developed numerous facilities to assist residents and visitors in walking around our suburbs. In recent years there has been a roll-out of significant lengths of footpaths throughout the Council area with a particular focus on the southern suburbs where many streets previously had no footpaths.

The Council has also introduced numbers of facilities to help people cross the road. These are in the form of traffic signals, zebra crossings and pedestrian refuges. Some of these have been installed as a result of crash history and others have been installed following residents' concerns. 

Pedestrian traffic signals

Traffic signals on public roads within New South Wales are installed and maintained by Roads and Maritime Services of NSW (RMS). RMS has strict warrants which applies when traffic signal installation is being considered. Any requests for signals, whether they be for pedestrians or for traffic control, need to be referred to RMS. Generally, at cross road locations, traffic signals costs about $150,000-$250,000, depending on location specific design criteria.There often is confusion in the minds of pedestrians regarding what the difference signal phases actually mean:

  1. Steady Red Don't Walk – DO NOT CROSS - means that you do not leave the kerb and you do not cross the road.
  2. Green Walk signal – CROSS WITH CARE - means that you can leave the kerb and continue crossing the road. 
  3. Flashing Red Don't Walk – DO NOT START TO CROSS - means that you can continue crossing the road, but that you can not leave the kerb to commence crossing the road. 

The timings for the different Walk / Don't Walk phases is consistent across Australia. The timing of the Don't Walk phase at each location is individually related to the width of the road which you walk across. For example, on a narrower road, following the Walk signal, the Don't Walk 'clearance' signal will not flash for very long. Conversely on a wide road the Don't Walk signal will flash for a longer time sufficient for pedestrians to complete the crossing of the road. Any concerns about the crossing times at particular location should be referred to RMS. 

Either email the RMS at RMS.Contact.Centre@rms.nsw.gov.au or phone the RMS customer service line at 132 213

Zebra crossings 

For a pedestrian (zebra) crossing to be installed at a particular site, RMS requires that the site meet certain warrants. Generally these warrants relate to the volume of pedestrians and the volume of traffic at the site. Through the Traffic Committee process, zebra crossings will only be permitted to be installed if the RMS-mandated warrants are met.

Pedestrian refuges

Pedestrian refuge islands may be installed on roads to assist pedestrians to cross the road in two stages. This allows pedestrians to concentrate on traffic from one direction at a time. As refuge islands are not a pedestrian crossing, pedestrians must give way to any traffic and wait for a break before crossing the road.

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