Department of State GrowthTransport

Vulnerable Road User Program

The Vulnerable Road User Program (VRUP) provides an opportunity for local government to apply for funding for small-scale infrastructure treatments to improve road safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists).

The VRUP program aims to:

  • minimise the opportunity for conflict between vulnerable road users and motor vehicles in urban and non-urban areas; and
  • provide an opportunity for local councils to develop and implement small-scale, low cost, effective infrastructure treatments targeting vulnerable road user safety issues.

2019-20 Grant Round

For the 2019-20 grant round a total of $500 000 has been allocated from the Road Safety Levy.

The 2019-20 VRUP grant round application process has moved online. All applications will be processed through the SmartyGrants portal. Please click on this link to access the portal and lodge your application -

Applications open: Monday 4 February 2019

Application close: midnight Monday 4 March 2019

Local councils will be notified when the grant round opens.

The VRUP Guidelines and Application Form have been revised. Please read these carefully before lodging your application.

If you need help submitting your application please view the SmartyGrants FAQ page.

The VRUP continues to be administered by the Road Safety Branch. To discuss your application prior to the closing date, you may contact:

Road Safety Branch

Ph. 03 6166 3157


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 serious injuries and fatalities 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.

2018-19 Successful Grants  

Below is a list of the 2018-19 successful local council grants.

The total funding allocated to the 15 successful projects in the sixth round of the VRUP is $609 085. This figure has been amended as at January 2019 to reflect project variations. These projects have a total value to the community of above $1.8 million.


Local council


Project summary


King Island Council

Main Street, Edward Street and George Street

Construct two wombat crossings in Currie town centre together with safety improvements to parking.


Kentish Council

Henry Street, Albert Street

Footpath extension, pedestrian crossing and supporting island and outstands.


Devonport City Council

Valley Road, Elm Avenue

Construct defined crossing points and kerb outstands west of Elm Street intersection. Narrowing of the entry road to TasTafe and provision of kerb ramps. Outstands may be supported by a pedestrian refuge and median treatment.


Devonport City Council

Steele Street

Create two defined crossing points close to Ronald Street and Broadhurst Avenue by installing kerb ramps and refuge islands.


Central Coast Council

South Road

Install a central refuge island.


City of Launceston

Lyttleton Street, Elphin Road

Construct pedestrian refuge and upgrade the kerb line at the crossing to enable correct positioning of the access ramps.


Sorell Council

Penna Road, Bay Road

Install a traffic island, pedestrian refuge, right turn lane into Bay Road, line marking, two kerb ramps and a footpath connecting the steps in Kessarios Park. Existing traffic islands and line marking in Bay Road will be renewed.


Sorell Council

Lewisham Scenic Drive

Construct a 1.5m wide footpath from Gary Street to Richards Avenue with a combination of red gravel paths to the bridge and pre-cast concrete panels installed on top of the existing concrete culvert.


Sorell Council

Cartlon Beach Road, Carlton River Road

Install three traffic islands and pedestrian crossings, line-marking, concrete footpath and kerb on each corner and seal existing bus bay.


Glenorchy City Council

Main Road, Peltro Street, Terry Street

Relocation of existing signal poles and installation of new cycle signals, traffic island. Green paint and other associated line-marking across Main Road. Relocation of a streetlight.


Glenorchy City Council

Albert Road, Central Avenue

Construct pedestrian refuge and associated kerb ramps and approach line marking on Albert Road, Moonah, east of Central Avenue.


City of Hobart

Aberdeen Street, Liverpool Street

Install a raised continuous footpath across Aberdeen Street from Liverpool Street junction.


City of Hobart

Huon Road, Hillborough Road, Westringa Road

Retro-fit motorcyclist protection rails on approximately 900 metres of existing w-beam guard fence along Huon Road (between Hillborough Road and Westringa Road).


City of Hobart

Forster Street, Montagu Street, Valentine Street

Install on-road cycle lanes along Forster Street between Montagu Street and Valentine Street using thermoplastic line-marking. Green surface treatments will be used at the cycle lane crossings of Montagu, Carlton and Valentine Streets.


Latrobe Council

Wilmot Street

Construct kerb outstands on both sides and approaches of Wilmot Street and signage relocations. Coloured pavement to be used at crossing band approaches to be considered.