Department of State GrowthTransport

Vulnerable Road User Program

About

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 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.

Program Guidelines

The current VRUP Guidelines and Application Form are available here.

The previous grant round guidelines are available on request by emailing the Road Safety Branch on Vulnerable.Road.User.Program@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

Background

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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.

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Contact

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The VRUP continues to be administered by the Road Safety Branch. If you would like to discuss anything relating to the program you may contact:

Road Safety Branch

Ph. 03 6166 3157

Vulnerable.Road.User.Program@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

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2019-20 Successful Grants

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The table below lists all 2019-20 successful local council grants.

The total funding allocation to the 14 successful projects is $523 360.

The total value (including co-contribution from council) to the community of these projects is above $700 000.

No.

Local council

Area

Project summary

1

City of Hobart

Bromby Street and New Town Road

Construction of a pedestrian refugee and upgrade to footpaths to provide differentiated surface material and tactile indicators.

2

City of Hobart

Wellwood Street

Construction of raised continuous footpath across Wellwood Street set close to the Creek Road junction and install a marked children’s crossing.

3

City of Hobart

Woodcutters Road

Construction of footpath on Woodcutters Road (south and north side) and pedestrian refugee connecting Hakea Drive and the existing bus stop.

4

City of Launceston

Connaught Crescent and Brougham Street

Construction of a pedestrian refugee on Connaught Crescent to assist crossing at the intersection of Brougham Street.

5

City of Launceston

Howick Street, between Wellington and Charles Street

Installation of a cyclist lane and modification of footpath to ensure adequate lane width.

6

City of Launceston

Dowling Street and Elphin Road

Construction of 1.5m gap between existing outstands and kerb line on Dowling Street at the intersection of Elphin Road to enable protected left turn for cyclists.

7

City of Launceston

Claremont Street

Modification of existing road hump to create school crossing.

8

Devonport City Council

Middle Road

Construction of pedestrian refugee, safety hand rails, compliant kerb ramps, link paths, line marking and appropriate signage.

9

Devonport City Council

Lovett Street

Construct kerb outstands adjacent to the bus stop on Valley Road. Re-position the existing kerb ramps and construct pedestrian refuge with holding rails for cyclists. Line marking and signage included in the project.

10

Sorrell Council

Weston Hill Road

Construction of two pedestrian refuges including kerb ramps and line marking.

11

Sorell Council

Bay Road

Construction of two pedestrian refugees with kerb ramps and line marking on Bay Road near the Vancouver Park entrance and bus stop. Speed cushions will be installed on both sides of Singapore Street intersection.

12

Sorell Council

Payeena Street and Carlton Beach Road

Construction of the following: two pedestrian crossings including kerb ramps and line markings on Carlton Beach Road; kerb ramp on eastern side of Riaweena Road consistent with western side; kerb ramp on Park Beach Road; concrete footpath on both sides of Carlton Beach Road; boulders at the southern end of Payeena Street; new stormwater pipe on northern side of Carlton Beach Road to replace existing open stormwater drain; and supporting street-scaping.

13

George Town Council

Macquarie Street

Construction of two wombat crossings and reduction in speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.

14

Brighton Council

Hurst Street

Construction of wombat crossing on Hurst Street including kerb outstands and landscaping to improve the street-scape.

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2018-19 Successful Grants

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The table below lists all 2018-19 successful local council grants.

The total funding allocation to the 15 successful projects is $609 085. This figure was amended in January 2019 to reflect project variations.

The total value (including co-contribution from council) to the community of these projects is above $1.8 million.

No.

Local council

Area

Project summary

1

King Island Council

Main Street, Edward Street and George Street

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

2

Kentish Council

Henry Street, Albert Street

Footpath extension, pedestrian crossing and supporting island and outstands.

3

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.

4

Devonport City Council

Steele Street

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

5

Central Coast Council

South Road

Install a central refuge island.

6

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.

7

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.

8

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.

9

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.

10

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.

11

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.

12

City of Hobart

Aberdeen Street, Liverpool Street

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

13

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).

14

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.

15

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.

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