The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to working with the community to achieve our Towards Zero goal, a long-term vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Today, I am pleased to announce that 10 local projects will share in $584,000 under the Government’s Vulnerable Road User Program for works aimed at improving safety and preventing road trauma.
This is part of our strong focus on doing more to protect vulnerable road users – cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and we welcome the shared commitment of the six councils involved in delivering these projects.
Together they are contributing $366,000, bringing the total value to $950,000 and demonstrating the leveraging value of the program.
Vulnerable road users are overrepresented in our road toll, accounting for almost a third of Tasmanian road fatalities and 40 per cent of serious injuries over the past five years.
Cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists clearly lack the protection of a motor vehicle, and invariably come off second best in a collision.
That’s why our Vulnerable Road User Program invests in infrastructure projects that help to reduce the risk of conflict between motor vehicles and vulnerable road users.
Part of our Action Plan under the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2007-16, the Vulnerable Road User Program is funding new bike lanes, footpaths and pedestrian crossings around the State in partnership with local councils.
The projects receiving funding are:
• St Leonards Road/Kings Lane Intersection, St Leonards (Launceston City Council) – $56,000 to install bike lanes and edge lines to create a separate space for cyclists;
• Elphin Road: Kenyon St to Lyttleton St, East Launceston (Launceston City Council) – $15,000 to install green bike lanes and symbols at side road junctions to increase driver awareness of cyclists;
• Cole Street, Sorell (Sorell Council) – $10,000 to install a pedestrian crossing near the Coles shopping complex;
• Tarleton Street: John St to Stephen St (Devonport City Council) – $44,000 to construct two new pedestrian islands with holding rails and reflective signage;
• Forbes Street: Charles St to Tasman St, Devonport (Devonport City Council) – $62,000 to install a new pedestrian island with holding rail and reflective signage;
• William Street: Tasman St to Stewart St, East Devonport (Devonport City Council) – $22,000 to construct two new pedestrian islands with holding rails and reflective signage and to upgrade existing pedestrian islands;
• Rosny Hill Road from the Tasman Highway pedestrian overpass to Riawena Road, Rosny (Clarence City Council) – $70,000 to provide an off road pathway for cyclists and pedestrians;
• Hobart Road outside shopping complex, Kings Meadows (Launceston Council) – $75,000 to install a signalised pedestrian crossing;
• Main Road/Crescent Street, Penguin (Central Coast Council) – $100,000 to install pedestrian islands, median treatments, kerb extensions and reduce parking lane width; and
• Gordon River Road, Westerway (Derwent Valley Council) – $130,000 to install 400m of footpath from the school to the old railway station.
On behalf of the Government, I commend and thank these local councils for sharing our commitment to doing more to keep all Tasmanian road users safe.
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure