Some respondents to a Grafton TAFE survey admit they don't use the Grafton footbridge becuase of fears for their personal safety.
Some respondents to a Grafton TAFE survey admit they don't use the Grafton footbridge becuase of fears for their personal safety.

Survey reveals majority believe footbridge is unsafe

SOME avoid it at all costs, others scamper across quickly and some don't have an issue with it, but the Grafton footbridge has undoubtedly made its name as a danger zone.

A group of Grafton TAFE students have compiled a report about the dangers of the footbridge and ways it could be improved.

Exploring areas some would be afraid to delve, the group came up with a list of findings.

The findings included such things as inadequate signage directing pedes- trians to the bridge, graffiti, unkempt walkways and the absence of lighting.

The group surveyed 46 residents, of them 65% said they used the bridge either regularly (14%), sometimes (43%) or rarely (43%).

For those who used it to some degree, 63% admitted feeling unsafe when using the bridge.

The 35% of people who said they did not use the bridge said it was because they feared for their personal safety.

The group made a list of recommendations to improve the footbridge and make it a safe way to commute to either side of the gorgeous Clarence.

They included the installation of cameras, walkways cleaned, improved signage, adequate lighting, gardens trimmed and graffiti removed.

It also recommended making the western side exclusively for pedestrians and the eastern side for cyclists, as the narrowness of the bridge, plus cyclists and pedestrians made for risky travelling.

"Residents deserve to be able to walk freely, without fear and enjoy the pedestrian bridge whenever they choose," the report read.

It also touched on lost tourist opportunities that could come with a safer, more beautified, footbridge.

Check out future editions of the Daily Examiner to see what the council made of the report.



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