ROAD safety is an important consideration in a nation that still relies on cars, trucks, and other automobiles for so much.
National Road Safety Week, held this year from 15-22 May, is a national campaign to draw attention to safe actions on Australia’s roads, with the intent “to raise awareness about the level of road trauma and what we can do to improve outcomes.”
With 26 deaths on Tasmanian roads to the end of last week, road safety messages are as important now as they have ever been.
“We all know how important messages around road safety are,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said. “It’s something we take very seriously, and are committed to doing what we can to make our roads safer, and minimise the risk to our community.”
Following upgrades to the Lenah Valley retail precinct in 2018 and 2019, and analysis of crash data, as well as information from the Road Safety Advisory Council and other sources, the Hobart City Council resolved to reduce the speed limit in the region to 40 km/h.
“This is an area that’s growing in popularity and is becoming a vibrant retail precinct with high pedestrian traffic,” Lord Mayor Reynolds said.
City of Hobart is currently undertaking the installation of four variable 40 km/h signs at locations along Augusta Road near Giblin Street and also near Greenway Avenue. The end result aims to improve road safety in the area, making the streets safer for all road users.
The project is funded by Tasmanian Government Vulnerable Road User Program.