As part of the safe systems approach to road safety we seek to create safer roads and roadsides that are more forgiving of human error.
The 2 Plus 1 Road Design forms an important part of the department's "Safe System' approach to road safety. The 2 Plus 1 design incorporates two lanes in one direction and one lane in the opposite direction; separated by a flexible safety barrier.
New road rules are being introduced on Tasmanian roads to increase the safety of bike riders.
When passing or overtaking a bike rider, a motorist can now straddle or cross a continuous centre line in order to leave a safe space between their vehicle and the bike rider, when it is safe to do so.
A number of motorcycle crashes occur on corners and the impact of the fall may be exacerbated when the rider collides with a rigid structure such as a wall, fence or road traffic sign. The department is conducting a trial into replacing conventional CAM signage with collapsible CAMs. The trial covers three sites with a history of motorcyclists losing control.
As part of the Governments commitment to increasing cyclist safety, new cyclist warning signs are being installed along popular cycling routes.
Flexible Safety Barriers form an important part of department's 'Safe System' approach to road safety. The department uses Wire Rope Flexible Safety Barriers which incorporate high-tension wire rope cables. Flexible Safety Barrier can be used on a mediam strip or down the middle of a road to prevent head-on collisions; or along the edge of road shoulders to prevent run-off-road crashes.
Conditions on Tasmania's roads change frequently. There are a range of innovations either already in place or coming soon to alert drivers to possible hazards.
The Vulnerable Road User Program is an initiative aimed at improving the safety of vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The Department of State Growth manages the Mt Field Tourist Road. This State road is the only vehicular access to the park.