In 2021, the Department of Transport Victoria and Briometrix agreed to trial an interactive online Mobility Map of Melbourne’s Arts and Sports Precincts.
Using Briometrix “Effort-based” mapping techniques, the project was the first to integrate detailed public transport information with the footpath network.
The map shows you the easiest way to get to where you need to go if you use a mobility device, such as a wheelchair or walker or are on crutches.
The map helps to connect you to key tourism destinations, accessible toilets and parking, and transport connections within the precincts.
The Project has created a valuable accessibility resource for Melbourne’s residents and visitors, giving people with limited mobility the confidence to get out and about, enjoying everything this great city has to offer.
The map also benefits the wider community from parents using a pram, toddlers on scooters, cyclists and skaters, to older people.
A team of four wheelchair Pilots using Briometrix high-tech sensors attached to their chairs, surveyed the footpaths and shared pathways of Melbourne’s Sports and Arts Precincts.
They captured path gradient, crossfall, surface type and condition in order to rate the effort needed to traverse each pathway. The Team also evaluated more than 1,000 connective elements such as kerb ramps, crossings, obstructions and hazards – these control how the paths connect together.
As well as mapping footpaths, Briometrix created detailed “floor plans” of the railway stations, tram and bus stops, highlighting amenities and useability at more than 50 public transport access points.
Briometrix Mobility Maps show how accessible footpaths are – connecting places of interest, facilities, accessible amenities and parking with mass transit such as rail, tram and bus networks.
We calculate effort ratings and colour-code the routes to show the degree of effort needed to traverse the footpath – whether you are walking, riding an e-scooter, rolling a wheelchair or pushing a stroller.
Wheelchair users are the most sensitive to poor footpath conditions; they can represent people with differing mobilities as well as others moving on wheels. Our maps are created with the help of Brio Pilots – people using manual and power-assisted wheelchairs equipped with Briometrix sensors (see their work in the video). Data collected this way establishes a benchmark for effective, fit-for-purpose interconnected footpath and transport infrastructure.
At Briometrix, it’s our goal to help every person to go where they want to go, to enjoy their journey – and everything their city or town has to offer.
The Victorian Department of Transport funded the Pilot Project in response to its Accessible Public Transport Action Plan 2020-2024.
Serving Melbourne’s 5 million citizens, Public Transport Victoria has 219 urban Railway Stations, the world’s largest tram network with 1,700 Tram Stops, and more than 18,000 Bus Stops.
This project gathered data from the Sports and Arts Precincts in Melbourne, including detailed accessibility mapping of 3 railway stations, 28 Tram stops, 20 Bus Stops and a Helipad.
Briometrix is an Australian company that captures information about pedestrian pathways and connected infrastructure to create maps to enable community connectivity and inclusion.
The project uses
Locatrix PlanStudio® for transport infrastructure mapping
and MetroMap by Aerometrex for aerial imagery.
While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this data, Briometrix does not guarantee the accuracy of the information contained in the maps. Any person using or relying on this information does so on the basis that Briometrix does not bear any responsibility or liability for any errors, faults, defects or omissions on the maps. The details on the maps were accurate at time of publication. However, pathway conditions can change quickly or unexpectedly. Briometrix cannot guarantee the ongoing accuracy of all information.
Indicators on the maps that relate to access for people with disabilities are based on Australian Standards, which may not reflect the requirements of all individual abilities.
Last review: 28/10/22 Last Update: 31/10/22