When is a No Through Road sometimes not a No Through Road?
When you’re not driving.
It’s common to see this signage around the place, but it’s misleading because it often only applies to vehicle access.
There are a lot of cases where pedestrian and cyclist access is provided at the end of the street, including dedicated paths, and increasingly, “parklets” where a small section of street has been closed to road traffic.
Online maps will often show paths, but not always. (In the examples shown here, both Google Maps and Melway online score full marks, 3 out of 3, though the Melway markings for Leeds Street are ambiguous for pedestrians.)
Finding these additional routes is important for those travelling under their own steam, where shortcuts can mean a big saving of time and effort (doubly so for those with mobility difficulties), or avoiding too much walking in the rain or alongside noisy polluting heavy traffic.
They are particularly useful at the moment when you might want to go walking along a route that’s less busy with pedestrians, so that maintaining physical distancing is easier.
Sometimes you’ll see wayfinding signage for pedestrians and cyclists, but it’s not very common. Maybe there needs to be more of this, targeted at accompanying the “No Through Road” signage where that only applies to vehicles.
Otherwise, I wonder if some other terminology and/or symbol should be found that is more relevant to everybody, not just those who are driving?