Department of State GrowthTransport

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).

VRUP Program Guidelines

Safer Roads Vulnerable Road Users Program Application Form

Successful 2017/18 Submissions

The total funding allocated to the 15 successful projects in the fifth round (2017-2018) of the Vulnerable Road Users Program is $594,339.


Project Summary

Burnie City Council
Shorewell Park

Provide dedicated pedestrian crossing facility in vicinity of Metro bus stop.

Clarence City Council
Tasman Highway, Rosny Park

Provide 293m of 1.8m wide concrete shared pathway to link Tasman Highway overpass to Montagu Bay Road.

Devonport City Council
Forth Road, Don

Construct dedicated pedestrian crossing with footpath linkages and upgrade street lighting for crossing.

Devonport City Council
Forbes Street, Devonport

Construct dedicated crossing point on Forbes Street to move pedestrians away from Middle Road and Forbes Street intersection.

Flinders Council
Thule Road, Whitemark

Regrade and seal footpath to provide all weather pedestrian access.  Install pedestrian crossing. Reduce speed limit to 80 km/h.

Glenorchy City Council
Peltro Street, Glenorchy

Widen existing concrete ramps at signals on King George V Avenue; provide bike lanes along Peltro Street including green paint treatment.

Hobart City Council
McCann Crescent, Lenah Valley

Install kerb bulbings at the junction to reduce the distance for pedestrians to cross road and provide a pedestrian refuge.

Hobart City Council
Tangara Road, Mount Nelson

Install pedestrian crossing, upgrade and realign kerb ramps and footpaths to provided dedicated and safer crossing point for students and local residents.

Huon Valley Council
Huon Highway, Port Huon

Construct 1.5m wide footpath with kerb and guttering where required.

Launceston City Council
Tamar Street, Launceston

Provide pedestrian crossing facilities at signals on Tamar Street on northern intersection leg.

Northern Midlands Council
Fairtlough & Frederick Streets, Perth

Pedestrian crossing in Frederick Street; construct kerb outstand between Frederick and Fairtlough Streets to prevent corner cutting.

Sorell Council
Forcett Street, Sorell

Provide pedestrian refuge island on Forcett Street 20m from junction with Whitelea Court.

Sorell Council
Penna Road, Midway Point

Install pedestrian crossing on Penna Road; widen road to provide 3.3m traffic lanes and 2.3m parking bays; construct kerb bulbing to define parking bays and calm traffic.

Sorell Council
Arthur Highway, Forcett

Construct 1.5m wide concrete footpath from Delmore Road to store/service station. Provide safety barrier adjacent to store.

Sorell Council
Tasman Highway, Sorell

Extend existing concrete footpath 230 metres along Tasman Highway to Pembroke Park entrance; install pedestrian refuge at existing kerb ramps; install new pedestrian crossing; construct a right-hand turn lane into Attunga Drive.

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