ACT Road Safety Action Plan 2014-17

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Pedal Power ACT Submission

Reductions in ACT road trauma that meet National Road Safety Strategy objectives

Safe speeds

Implement local area traffic management treatments, especially in areas that attract high or potentially high numbers of people who walk or ride.

  • For selected suburbs within 4 km of town centres, implement trials of 40 km/hr within the suburb and 50 km/hr for associated collector streets.
  • Maintain and extend reduced speed limits around schools, local shops, town centres and other appropriate places such as recreational facilities – 40km/h at most, but preferably lower, as in Adelaide, the UK and Europe.
  • Encourage people to ride on-road and on shared paths at speeds that are safe having regard to their ability and the environment

Safe roads and roadsides

Review “Design Standards for Urban Infrastructure 13: Pedestrian and Cycle Facilities” to improve its effectiveness in enhancing safety for people who walk and ride.

  • Incorporate into DS13 specifications for implementing physically separated bicycle paths.

Implement infrastructure measures to physically separate bicycles and motor vehicles on higher-speed roads with significant bicycle usage.

  • Mandate separated bicycle lanes on new roads with a speed limit of at least 80 km/hr on an opt-out basis.
  • Progressively implement separated bicycle lanes on roads with a speed limit of at least 80 km/hr where practicable.

Implement and fund a black spots program for bicycles on roads and footpaths.

Mandate 4 metre wide shared paths on all new major recreational shared paths, consistent with Austroads Guide to Road Design, Part 6A Pedestrian and Cycle Paths, on an opt-out basis.

  • Progressively implement 4 metre wide shared paths on all existing major recreational footpaths.
  • Where practical, implement adjacent separated shared paths to separate people who cycle from people who walk.

Increase maintenance standards on the existing shared path network by adopting a regular shared path maintenance program.

  • Review Roads ACT “Guidelines for community path repairs and maintenance”.

Improve on-road signage warning people driving motor vehicles of the need to exercise greater care for people cycling, particularly on roads having a speed limit of at least 80 km/hr where on-road cycle lanes have not been implemented.

  • Continue the existing program for implementing on-road bicycle lanes as part of the road resurfacing program.

Continue to provide safety measures on shared paths, including appropriate markings, signage and lighting.

  • Implement warning signs on sections of shared paths containing hazards such as poor visibility, increased pedestrian numbers, busy intersections and long slopes facilitating speeding.
  • Remove bollards from the centre of shared paths.

Continue to implement pedestrian and bicycle facilities as part of Government investment programs.

  • Complete “missing links” in the ACT off-road network to assist people who prefer not to ride on the road.

Develop and implement travel demand management strategies to reduce per capita private vehicle travel, and hence overall crash risk.

Review the effect of Australian Road Rule 248(1) on road safety and its consistency with the Australian Road Rules as they apply in the ACT. (ARR 248(1) prohibits riding across a road on a pedestrian crossing, yet is a jurisdiction that permits cycling on the path network.)

Support a review of how the Australian Road Rules (as applying in the ACT) apply to motorised wheelchairs and power assisted bicycles.

Support initiatives for amending the Australian Road Rules to require drivers of motor vehicles to maintain on a road a lateral separation distance of at least 1 metre between the motor vehicle and a bicycle.

Safe vehicles

Support programs aimed at improving maintenance standards in the ACT’s bicycle fleet.

An ACT community that shares the responsibility for road safety

Safe people and safe behaviours

Develop and implement a “Share the Road” campaign to encourage people who drive motor vehicles to better integrate with other road users. See an example.

  • Develop a “Share the Road” campaign focussing on the right of people to ride bicycles on the road.
  • Sharpen the “Share the Road” campaign to focus on the consequences for people on bicycles of failing to share the road (eg serious and fatal accidents arising from harassment and other anti-social activities such as “glassing” cycle lanes).

Review and update the ACT driver handbooks and Road Ready and Road Ready Plus courses for novice drivers.

  • Introduce into all driver handbooks the concept of the road user hierarchy and guidance on interacting with people who are walking or riding, and to better emphasise the road rules drivers must observe when encountering people who are walking or riding on roads
  • Include modules on vulnerable road users in the Road Ready and Road Ready Plus course.

Publish a booklet setting out the Australian Road Rules applying to bicycles. See an example from the QLD Government, the SA Government and Transport SA.

Commence enforcement of Australian Road Rules affecting people who walk or ride by ACT Policing: in relation to offences by all road users.

  • Ask the Australian Federal Police to conduct an annual operation similar to Victoria’s Operation Halo, targeting all road users’ behaviour that adversely affects people when they walk, cycle or ride motorbikes
  • Publish statistics on enforcement of Australian Road Rules affecting people who walk and ride.

Develop and implement a range of ACT public awareness campaigns. See an example from the QLD Government and from the WA Government.

  • Develop and implement ACT public awareness campaigns on the impact of speeding on vulnerable road users.
  • Develop and implement an ACT public awareness encouraging people to comply with the Australian Road Rules when they ride bicycles.
  • Develop and implement an ACT public awareness campaign encouraging people to engage in safe riding practices: such as bicycle maintenance, wearing appropriate visible clothing, defensive riding and avoiding complacency. See an example from the NSW Government and SA Government.
  • Develop and implement an ACT public awareness campaign encouraging people cycling both on-road and on shared paths to ride at speeds that are safe having regard to their ability and the environment.
  • Develop and implement an ACT public awareness campaign encouraging people to engage in safe walking practices: such as wearing appropriate visible clothing, walking on the left of footpaths, listening for and responding appropriately to bicycle bells, maintaining control of dogs on leads, travelling at appropriate speeds (for motorised wheelchairs).

Maintain ACT Road Safety Education Strategy outlining “lifelong learning” measures for road safety.

  • Work with organisations such as Kidsafe on road safety materials for children and families, including a focus on road safety as bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Make the “Ride or Walk to School” program available to all ACT primary schools.

Develop and implement programs improving cycling competency among adults regardless of gender, age and cycling experience.

Agencies and stakeholders working together to improve road safety

Coordination and consultation processes

Continue liaison with vulnerable road user groups and continue to treat these groups as important road users.

Maintain and enhance road safety liaison and coordination arrangements with other agencies and road safety stakeholders.

  • Develop, implement and maintain consultation processes to engage the community on ACT road safety issues to highlight the fact that road safety is a shared responsibility for all Canberrans.

Ensure alignment between work for the Road Safety Strategy and Transport for Canberra.

Data, performance management and evaluation processes

Give greater priority to the safety of people when they walk and ride in the development of road safety measures.

Implement systems for collecting statistics on bicycle accidents on shared paths and roads.

  • Develop a smart-phone application for reporting infrastructure hazards and bicycle crashes (improving on the existing smartphone version of Canberra Connect’s “Fix My Street” website).

Pedal Power ACT Inc
September 2013


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