Improving safety for vulnerable road users

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Improving road safety and reducing road trauma is a significant priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government.

That’s why we are investing more than $1 million through the latest round of Vulnerable Road User Program projects.

Vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – will always come out worse in crashes with motor vehicles, and can result in serious injury or death.

About $800,000 in Tasmanian Government funding this financial year will help reduce casualties through infrastructure improvements that reduce the risk of motor vehicles colliding with pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

The remaining funding will come from partnering with local councils who are best placed to identify specific problems and practical infrastructure-based solutions on local roads.

This latest round of funding will support another 19 safety projects across the state, including raised crossings, pedestrian refuge islands, intersection reconfigurations, accessible disability parking, junction sealing, new footpaths, kerb extensions and electronic school speed signage.

In the past seven years, more than $4.2 million in State Government funding has been awarded to councils for safety projects, which, when combined with council co-contributions, totals more than $7.35 million.

As a community, we must work together to reduce the number of cyclist, pedestrian and motorcyclist fatalities and injuries, and improving infrastructure is one of the solutions.

One death on our roads is one too many. We are working hard to improve road safety through our $75 million Towards Zero Action Plan, targeting Tasmania’s highest risk areas to achieve the greatest possible reductions in serious injuries and deaths from road trauma.

Vulnerable Road User Program Successful Projects 2020-21

Local Council

Area

Summary

Waratah-Wynyard

Exhibition Link

Install speed humps on Exhibition Link at the entry points to the Woolworths carpark and child care facility. Install uncontrolled crossing point between the car park and child care centre.

Break O’Day Council

Grant Street/Circassian Street

Replace static sign and install electronic school speed sign

Waratah-Wynyard

Jackson Street

Install a formalised pedestrian crossing, including kerb outstands, central island refuge, pram ramps, associated line marking and signage. Crossing will not be patrolled or provide pedestrians right of way.

Waratah-Wynyard

Goldie Street

Install pedestrian median treatment and kerb outstands to provide active pedestrian control measures.

Devonport City Council

Mersey Main Road

Install median refuge island, with associated line marking and kerb access ramps.

Devonport City Council

Steele Street/Percy Street

Install kerb extensions and median refuge island, with associated line marking and kerb access ramps.

Derwent Valley Council

Hobart Road

Install a pedestrian refuge island to establish a singular crossing point.

Hobart City Council

Andrew Street/Arthur Street

Install median refuge island, pram ramps and footpath extension.

Meander Valley Council

East Barrack Street

Install 130 metres of new footpath and kerb with pedestrian crossing.

Kentish Council

Grandview Drive

Install asphalt path 95 metres long to enable a safe link from the well graded grass verge at the crest of the hill to the bus stop zone at Tarleton Road.

Devonport City Council

Mersey Main Road

Realigning kerb and removing parking close to crossing and increasing the size of the school crossing islands. Installing the right turn lane for the school car park.

Hobart City Council

Pedder Street

Relocation of the children’s crossing to before and further from the junction of Pedder Street and Cross Street (west).

Meander Valley Council

Tower Hill Street

Install new footpath on Tower Hill Street from the Doctor’s Surgery to West Barrack Street, including pedestrian ramps plus driveway modifications, new road pavement for additional parking and realignment of kerb.

Northern Midlands Council

Queen Street/High Street

Narrow intersection to approximately 6.5 metres and provide a designated pedestrian crossing point. Provide designated angle parking to the west of the intersection.

Circular Head Council

Loosemores Road / Mawbanna Road Junction

Barcoo Road / Montagu Road Junction

Poilinna Road / Trowutta Road Junction

Fairview Road / Bass Highway Junction

Huetts Road / Trowutta Road Junction

Seal the identified junctions using asphalt.

Circular Head Council

Emmett Street

Construct raised, parallel disability parking space in accordance with AS2890.

Hobart City Council

Harding Street

Construct a median pedestrian refuge island at the intersection on Harding Street and narrow the left turn from Clare Street.

Launceston City Council

Norwich Street

Intersection reconfiguration including separation of Norwich Street and Rose Lane and central refuge on Norwich Street

Clarence City Council

Lincoln Street

Install Zebra with platform (wombat crossing) with additional lighting and access improvements.

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