Department of State GrowthTransport

Vulnerable Road User Program

Installation of around 400m of footpath from school to old railway station.he Safer Roads: Vulnerable Road User Program was launched in April 2013. It is an initiative aimed at improving the safety of vulnerable road users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

The focus of the program is to implement infrastructure treatments in areas where there is current or potential risk of conflict between vulnerable road users and motor vehicles (including urban and non-urban areas).

This includes infrastructure treatments aimed at reducing vehicle speeds, for example traffic calming measures, or separating vulnerable roads users from other traffic.

However, all infrastructure initiatives (including technology solutions) will be considered that can be shown to be cost effective measures to reduce vulnerable road user crash risk.

In the event of a crash the human body can only withstand a certain amount of force before it is seriously or fatally wounded. Vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, are particularly at risk in the event of crash due to being exposed to impact forces that are beyond the limit of human tolerance.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists for example have a high risk of being severely injured in crash with other motor vehicles as they are completely unprotected and have no physical protection to absorb crash energy.

The key objectives of the funding program are to:

  • reduce conflict between vulnerable road users and motor vehicles
  • increase the safety of all road users
  • improve the quality of the road environment for all users.

The program was funded at $1.5 million over the two years (2013/14 and 2014/15), and $500 000 a year in future years through the Tasmanian Road Safety Levy (until 2016/17).

 

Successful 2015/16 Submissions

The total funding allocated to the 10 successful projects in the second round of the Vulnerable Road Users Program is $584,000.

Location

Project Summary

Launceston City Council
(St Leonards Road, St Leonards)

Bike lanes and edge lines giving separated space for cyclists

Launceston City Council
(Elphin Road, East Launceston)

Install green bike lanes and symbols at side road junctions (between Kenyon Street to Littleton Street) to increase driver awareness of cyclists.

Sorell Council
(Cole Street, Street)

 Pedestrian crossing on Cole Street to provide access to Cole's complex.

Devonport City Council
(Tarleton Street, East Devonport)

 Two new pedestrian refuge islands with holding rails and reflective signage on section between John Street to Stephen Street.

Devonport City Council
(Forbes Street, Devonport)

New pedestrian refuge island with holding rails and reflective signage on section between Charles Street to Tasman Street.

Devonport City Council
(William Street, East Devonport)

 Two new pedestrian refuge islands with holding rails and reflective signage on section between Tasman Street and Stewart Street.

Clarence City Council (Rosny Hill Road, Rosny Park)

 Improve and seal off-road pathway from Tasman Bridge to Rosny Park

Launceston City Council
(Hobart Road, Kings Meadows) 

Signalled pedestrian crossing (including kerbing alterations). 

Central Coast Council (
Main Road, Penguin)

Installation of pedestrian islands, kerb extensions and narrowing of parking lane width.

Derwent Valley Council
(Gordon River Road, Westerway)

Installation of around 400m of footpath from school to old railway station.

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