We endeavour to improve the quality of our pedestrian infrastructure by repairing or replacing damaged footpaths and installing new ones where appropriate to ensure that walking destinations are linked.

Much of the district's walking network is included in the road reserves (ie is placed alongside the road) while other walkways run off-road or into our many parks and reserves. To encourage walking as a leisure activity, it is important that these walkways are connected and readily accessible.

What is the service provided?
The Council manages approximately 114km of footpaths with a replacement value of over $4 million. The type of surface used is dependent on life cycle cost considerations, pedestrian volumes and the amenity value of the location (i.e. shopping precincts). The main types of footpath surfaces in the district townships are:

  • Asphaltic concrete: mix of graded aggregate and asphaltic binder laid in a 15-20mm layer.
  • Concrete: unreinforced concrete laid in a 75mm layer.
  • Chip-seal: layer of sprayed bitumen with a fine grit spread on top.
  • Slurry seal: mix of fine aggregate and emulsion laid in a 3-5mm layer.
  • Metal: graded crushed stone chips spread on formed base course.

Council has a policy to provide at least one footpath per urban road where pedestrian access is required. Special surfaces such as concrete cobblestones/pavers and pressed concrete have been installed in the main shopping areas in Dannevirke and Woodville. This mainstreet upgrade project is planned to be repeated in the main shopping streets in Pahiatua, and Eketahuna during the 2013 to 2021 period.

Why we provide it?
Pedestrians need safe and convenient routes to their destinations. Mainstreet footpaths support economic activity by providing an attractive environment. There is no legislative requirement to provide footpaths. Footpaths contribute strongly to the Council Outcome – Great Lifestyle.