7.3 PATHS, ROADS AND PARKING
Visitor access to the Gardens is discussed in detail in Chapter 4.
New developments and redevelopments in recent years have aimed to
eliminate or minimise steps and keep path slopes to gradients
recommended in Australian Standard AS 1428. In order to make
movement around the Gardens easier for people with strollers or
people in wheelchairs, a `no steps trail' was developed, with rest
areas containing seats near steeper parts.
A development plan for the Gardens in Canberra, prepared in 1985,
noted the need to rationalise roads and paths for vehicular and
pedestrian traffic. In accordance with that plan, the eastern
boundary road was constructed to direct much of the delivery traffic
away from the centre of the Gardens and the car park was
significantly extended to the south. The Development Planning Guide
completed in 1992 proposed further changes to improve vehicular and
pedestrian traffic flows and safety, particularly near the main
In a staged project at Jervis Bay, the main loop road is being
surfaced and shaped to improve drainage. Paths are being constructed
so that new plantings can be viewed by visitors and existing paths
are being repaired as necessary.
The objective is to carry out a program of road and path construction
to improve safety and traffic flow and give effect to the Gardens'
policies on access.
The following works will be undertaken during the life of this Plan
in order to improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic movements into
and around the Gardens in Canberra:
Consideration will be given to Australian Standard 1428 in designing
these new works.
- construction of a new vehicular and pedestrian entry from
Clunies Ross Street;
- upgrading of paths so as to provide a `hierarchical'
pedestrian system for visitors;
- an upgrading of the `no steps trail' so that all parts have
- construction of paths related to new buildings, developments
and redevelopments of plant displays as described in Sections
7.1 and 7.2;
- construction of paths and roadways to allow access to the
undeveloped southern precinct section of the Gardens.
Some upgrading of paths and roads may also be required to accommodate
a `people mover' within the Gardens if planned feasibility studies
show that such a system would be cost effective and appropriate.
At the Jervis Bay site work to improve the main loop road will
continue. The development planning exercise to be undertaken at
Jervis Bay will indicate whether additional paths and roads are