Urban Design Guidelines for Victoria, published by The State of Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in 2017 defines a pathway as: ‘A pedestrian path, bicycle path or other area for use by people but not by motor vehicles.’
NB the word pathway may also refer to a: ‘Route that enables a hazard to propagate from a ‘source’ to a ‘receptor’, ie the ‘source-pathway-receptor’ concept. A pathway must exist for a hazard to be realised. Pathways can be constrained to mitigate risks.’ Ref Culvert, screen and outfall manual, (CIRIA C786) published by CIRIA in 2019.
Guidance on the code of practice for property flood resilience, published by CIRIA in 2021, defines a pathway as: ‘The route that floodwater takes to reach a property.’
Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, Glossary, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018, defines pathways as: ‘The temporal evolution of natural and/or human systems towards a future state. Pathway concepts range from sets of quantitative and qualitative scenarios or narratives of potential futures to solution-oriented decision-making processes to achieve desirable societal goals. Pathway approaches typically focus on biophysical, techno-economic, and/or socio-behavioural trajectories and involve various dynamics, goals and actors across different scales.’