Strategy sets road safety targets

Council has finalised a new road safety strategy that outlines an ambitious vision of no deaths and serious injuries on Greater Geelong roads by 2050.

Following two stages of community engagement, Vision Zero Geelong: Safe Local Travel 2022-27 was last night adopted by Council at its monthly meeting.

Council’s approach is in line with the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which seeks to eliminate death from our roads by 2050.

The state strategy also has a desired first step of halving road deaths and reducing serious injuries by 2030.

Greater Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy;

Council is committed to playing its part in reaching the Victorian targets, and making our roads and streets safer.

A safe and efficient transport network is a vital component of a liveable and vibrant city.

Our strategy supports the work of our road safety partners, and focuses on identifying issues and implementing solutions.

The strategy has a clear approach of targeting the main factors that contribute to a crash, such as people, vehicles, speeds, roads and paths.

Council is committed to continue working with partners, such as the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Department of Transport (DoT) and Victoria Police.

The Vision Zero Geelong strategy aims to improve safety for vulnerable road users, such as pedestrian and cyclists.

Key actions include:

  • Working with the DoT to develop a speed limit strategy for all local and arterial roads
  • Developing a Local Traffic Management program to address identified road safety issues
  • Trialling road safety treatments that target road safety issues arising in peak visitor periods – such as seasonal speed limits and/or rumble strips; and
  • Trialling school zone safety treatments

Proposed funding for the strategy will be submitted annually, as part of Council’s budget cycle.

Councillor Kylie Grzybek;

Creating a safe road network is in everyone’s best interest.

The strategy starkly recognises that one death on our roads is one too many.

We should all exercise care and awareness of others, for our safety and for theirs.

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