I was exploring when I found this very fine accessible bus stop near Yarraman station, in Railway Parade.
Two routes serve it, but it’s in a residential area, and is not a major stop. Phillip Mallis’s bus stop patronage map showed it got 8 boardings a day in 2017-19.
Looking at the site on Google Maps Streetview – it seems to have been upgraded around 2010.
It’s better than it used to be, but there’s an obvious problem. There’s no footpath connection.
So for anybody requiring stepless access, how do they get to the bus stop?
By bus, I guess…
The PTV Journey Planner and web site seems to consider this stop to be accessible.
I wonder how many other stops there are like this.
Turns out just down the street there’s another one. It’s less obvious, but this too has no level access to the bus stop.
In 2021 Victoria Walks published their Getting To The Bus Stop report, which highlighted issues with people getting to bus stops safely and conveniently.
Missing footpaths on a street without too much traffic can probably be overcome by many people.
But if you’ve got mobility difficulties, a ramp or a connecting footpath will be important.
Unfortunately this is like so much of the transport network if you’re not driving: disjointed, incomplete – and this is why people often give up and take the car instead.
The tweet above was aimed at bike lanes, but public transport timetables (poor frequencies, mistimed connections, missing route coverage) are also a prime example of this.
And accessibility and access to stops and vehicles is also important. If they’re not provided, some people simply can’t use the service.