Vulnerable Road User Program
The 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 2016/17 Submissions
The total funding allocated to the 10 successful projects in the fourth round (2016-17) of the Vulnerable Road Users Program is $638,945.
Burnie City Council
Improve crossing facilities for pedestrians accessing Shorewell Plaza and adjacent
Central Coast Council
Realign shared pathway and install a wombat crossing to increase awareness of all road users that the environment is a shared zone.
Devonport City Council
Install pedestrian signals to replace existing school crossing.
Realign pathway and install a new crossing facility for pedestrians and cyclists using the Rail Trail.
Glenorchy City Council
Extend Intercity Cycleway through provision of on-road cycle lanes.
Huon Valley Council
Construct gravel footpath for approximately 460 metres to improve access for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
Huon Valley Council
Extend the existing footpath for 338 metres.
Northern Midlands Council
Extend footpath along Drummond Street for approximately 200 metres.
Construct gravel pathways and pedestrian refuge to improve access to the school.
Construct a pedestrian refuge to improve access between local amenities.