Vulnerable road user program background
Over the life of the program a funding amount above $3.7 million has been awarded to council. The total value to the community equates to above $6.6 million (including co-funding contribution from council).
This collaboration between state and local government has made a significant improvement to road safety for vulnerable road users in Tasmania.
Vulnerable road users have a high risk of being severely injured in a crash with a motor vehicle as they are completely unprotected and have no physical protection to absorb crash energy.
Under the Safe System approach to road safety, the management and design of the road system is aimed at avoiding the impact of energy on the human body. Secondly, it is managed at tolerable levels by manipulating speed, mass and crash angles to reduce crash injury severity. This approach underpins the Government’s Towards Zero – Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026.
Local government is pivotal in reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Tasmanian roads. Local road safety issues are often best dealt with at a local level. Local councils are well placed to identify specific problems, especially for vulnerable road users, and devise appropriate infrastructure-based treatments.