The BA4A (Boroondara Access 4 All) network aims to develop real and alternative access, inclusion and social options for people with disabilities by:
- creating links to service providers and the community
- maintaining an open and collaborative approach with stakeholders
- championing individual choice, community inclusion and participation for people with disabilities
- advocating for improved services
- supporting people with disabilities to participate in their community.
The BA4A network has a number of initiatives, including:
Motorised scooter and wheelchair workshops
To help you learn more about using a motorised scooter or wheelchair, we run regular workshops and information sessions. To find out more, see motorised scooters and wheelchairs.
Road safety for pedestrians
Between 2008-2012 there were 144 pedestrians seriously injured and 3 deaths in the City of Boroondara. In 2013, 4 female pedestrians aged over 75 were killed in our city.
Pedestrians, along with cyclists and motorcyclists, are classified as vulnerable road-users due to their lack of protection in the event of a crash.
Our Be alert and don't get hurt program encourages pedestrians to take responsibility for their safety.
We developed this project with Victoria Police, SWAT (a local scooter user group), Neighbourhood Watch and the Hawthorn Community Education Centre.
How to stay alert when walking or using your wheelchair or scooter
- Be safe: be aware of your surroundings and use pedestrian crossings.
- Be aware: know where you are going and tell someone.
- Be seen: wear bright coloured clothing and carry a flag and light.
- Be contactable: have a mobile phone with you.
- Be roadworthy: regularly check your bike tyres, battery and lights are in good working order.
- Be responsible: don't be distracted by using your phone or electronic device while walking along the street.
- Be secure: loop all handles and belongings to your wheelchair or scooter.
Remember, if you ever feel unsafe, call triple zero (000) immediately and always store the phone number of a close family member in your phone.
We've produced a Be alert and don't get hurt postcard so you can pass this safety message on to your friends, family, colleagues and fellow travellers.
To order postcards, contact our MetroAccess Project Officer on 9278 4777, TTY 9278 4848 or email MetroAccess Project Officer.
Good access to businesses
We developed our access guide for business to provide practical hints and tips for business so they cater for everyone.
If you find a business or location in our city that you think has good access, we invite you to share it with others by posting it on our BA4A website.
We also encourage you to let us know if you come across a location that you believe doesn't meet accessibility requirements by contacting our MetroAccess Project Officer on 9278 4777, TTY 9278 4848 or email MetroAccess Project Officer.
Join the network
Anyone can join the BA4A network, including:
- people with a disability living in Boroondara
- carers, family members or friends of a person with a disability
- service providers or allied health care professionals
- interested community members.