Recreation Trail construction project in Nillumbik, Victoria. The trail will be a 5.5km extension to an existing trail which connects Diamond Creek to Melbourne CBD approx. 25km away.
The trail will be shared use and have a concrete surface for pedestrians, cyclists, parents with prams, kids on scooters etc and a natural surface trail running parallel for horse riders. The challenge is the 8 bridges along this trail as we need to cross the creek several times and also cross deep gullies and smaller creek tributaries.
There are safety concerns about the bridges as 'shared zones' will be about 3m wide (consistent with the concrete trail) and at least 30 m long. The main concerns are risks to all users in confined space, risk of a trail user scaring a horse and what may happen, risk of injury. There are also no specifications to follow to ensure that the bridges are safe for riders, with peds/cyclist bridges we use Austroads standards but the sides of the bridges are 1.5m high.
I am really looking for some advice on bridge construction:
Also any guidance on good signage that may help educate other trail users to share the trail safely with horses, give way signs etc,
We want this trail to be safe and enjoyable for all users but have to ensure that we manage risk and gather as much information and advice as possible to make sure we get the design right.
Whilst I haven't had experience with this particular issue, knowing how flighty horses can be in differing environments, would it be logical to have a "Give Way to Horses" for everyone's safety?
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"Guidelines For The Planning, Design, Construction And Maintenance of Recreational Trails In South Australia (Re Vised 2016)" http://www.southaustraliantrails.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Trail-Design-Guidelines.pdf
This document includes equestrian trail users. The old draft document had recommendations about surface, pathy width, verticle clearance etc. A quick look at the new Trail document seems to me that it is less prescriptive, giving guidelines for users of differing abilities.Horse SA also has useful information...
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