I'm working on a stadium project in Australia and we're looking at the walkable project site innovation credit.
There are a few definitions which affect the credit (e.g. where a driveway starts/stops) believe affect the credit and would like to see if my understanding of these defintions make sense.
These are as follows -
- All-weather is defined as:
“Usable or operative or practiced in all kinds of weather.”
This requirement is for a continuous sidewalk (e.g. walkable). So in my opinion a footpath that is usable in all kinds of weather (e.g. hard, non-slip surfaced would be expected for Sydney) must serve all functional building entrances.
My understanding is that this requirement is to ensure that a patron can walk for point a to b in all weather conditions without changing the terrain (i.e. all functional entries have an all-weather pathway to the site boundary). For example, a lady wearing heals would want to remain on a footpath compared to walking on grass.
- Sidewalk is defined as:
“A paved path for pedestrians at the side of a road; a pavement.”
Additionally, sidewalk width may include features such as street trees, tree gates, planting strips, benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, and street lights.
For our project, in my opinion this will include all paths adjacent to the main roads and around the river. Note that the sidewalk width can include the median strip (area between road and sidewalk).
- A driveway is defined as:
“A road leading up to a private house.”
For our project, consider the driveway to be the entire distance between leaving the road and entering the car park. I don’t think we would need to include pedestrian crossings within the carpark, but along the driveway we would.