A safe, clean, accessible footpath with no cracks can be hard to find in Brisbane.
In fact, recent figures reveal that there are 1,114 broken and dangerous footpaths across the river city that are sitting on Council’s repair waitlist.
Another alarming fact is that over 40% of all Brisbane streets don’t have any footpath at all.
The state of Brisbane’s footpaths, or lack there or, is a genuine daily struggle for many residents, but especially for those living with disability.
To highlight just how big of a problem it is, residents have been taking to social media
Footpath nothern suburbs of Brisbane for mobility scooters/wheelchairs. #disability #mobilityscooter #brisbane @brisbanecitycouncil
One video shows a man in a mobility scooter forced to use the road due to the lack of footpath in his street.
The other shows a woman in wheelchair who is also forced to use the road because the access ramps are too steep and inaccessible.
I really gotta change my expectation that I can travel any footpath #footpathsofBrisbane #accessfail #AccessibleBrisbane #wheelchairstories
Council Opposition Leader Jared Cassidy says the state of Brisbane’s footpaths is “unacceptable”.
“In the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic games, Brisbane City Council needs to be pulling every lever it can to make our city more accessible for residents and visitors,” – Cr Cassidy.
“Under this current LNP administration we have over 1,000 footpaths in need of repair, streets without footpaths and access ramps that are too steep.”
“This is unacceptable. We need change. We need more investment in our suburbs and we need it now.”