Townsville City Council has launched an accessibility map for residents and visitors who use wheelchairs, using information gathered by Spinal Life Australia members.
The Mobility Map was launched by Council yesterday and helps people who use a wheelchair or mobility device plan the most efficient routes throughout the Townsville CBD.
The Mobility Map is easy to follow, with green paths being the most accessible and red being the least accessible for wheelchair users, and arrows advising what directions are uphill.
The map also includes icons denoting accessible parking, toilets and public transport stations.
Spinal Life members Scott Stidston and Julie Brice used GPS tracking and recording equipment earlier this year to navigate the Townsville CBD, with their routes recorded using the Navability app, developed by Briometrix.
Executive Manager – Ross Duncan said it was great to see Julie and Scott’s efforts come to fruition with the launch of the Mobility Map.
“Spinal Life Australia had worked on a number of tracking trials with the Navability app and we approached a number of councils about the project to see if they would be interested in collecting data for their region,” Ross said.
“We had a really positive response Townsville City Council and it’s great that they’ve used the data to create a resource that will be useful for people with a physical disability.
“It’s not just locals who will benefit, but also visitors to the region who can plan their journeys more efficiently.”
Spinal Life has also previously worked with members to hold mapping trials in Mackay, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Cairns and Perth.
For more information about the Navability app and Spinal Life’s partnership with Briometrix, click here.