As Sean has said interesting. Every state jurisdiction has their own nuances in laws in relation to the use of footpaths. My experience is that golf carts would probably get a blanket no from Police however depending on the state jurisdiction mobility scooters and pushbikes could be more realistically considered. I think Victoria has an age limit on cyclists using pedestrian footpaths and think that mobility scooters are the most likely candidate as they regularly access pedestrian areas with adult operators. My general understanding is that they need to be speed limited to max 10kmph.
Before proceeding I would check with your States Department of Transport and also make sure that you have a suitably designed and authorised Traffic Management Plan in place. You would be making the mobility scooter a mobile workplace for the purpose of the survey. Again, I recommend checking with your States Workcover authority. It is always an option for a Council to actually close the footpath for a period of time to undertake the actual survey. A TMP (or plans) may differentiate between high and low traffic areas.
I have been looking into the same issue.
We have a 1600km network and around 80,000 defects.
Our RMP has a 3 yr full network inspection frequency by Assets and 2 yr for bike trails and 6 mths for the high use paths by my inspectors.
It was my understanding that it was possible to obtain a permit to use either a mobility scooter or motor bike with top speed less than 50kph and a max speed on the path of 15pkh.
Our first audit was in 2005 by RapidMap by walking, there wasn't a photo record of the defects.
In 2009 we did a footpath network inspection using a contractor (now out of business) with a quadbike that was set up with cameras and a tablet It was registered and needed VicRoads approval.
There weren't any issues/complaints from the public, but the video technology didn't give a consistent image between shade and full sunlight.
There is still no technology for in motion measuring of individual defects that our insurers expect so the improved mobility isn't that good.
In 2012 we used RapidMap to do the waling/measuring survey and a bicycle video ( sometimes a wobbly start).
The 2015 and 2018 audits have been done by RMIT students using iPads, each defect is photographed and a measuring block placed next to the defect. Our Assets team organise batches of students each for 3 months, the network takes 5 -6 months to cover.
I keep looking for new technologies to improve the surveys but so far nothing new.
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