Tuesday, 4 February 2020
Austroads has completed a project to better safeguard vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, by introducing measures that integrate Safe System principles with the Movement and Place Framework to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes.
The Movement and Place framework is increasingly used to guide transport planning to deliver a more integrated transport system and give more explicit recognition to the attributes of the places through which people and goods move.
The report, Integrating Safe System with Movement and Place for Vulnerable Road Users, contains guidance for Australasian jurisdictions that allows all road users to be catered for on different types of roads and streets in towns and cities.
“Transport planners, road designers, traffic engineers and system operators will find the guidance useful when designing or redesigning roads and streets, and making decisions about how these roads and streets will operate in their jurisdictions,” says report author Dr Bruce Corben. “Examples of good practice have been used from Australia and New Zealand, as well as internationally.”
The report assesses safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists based on the extent to which a treatment or design addresses the risks of a severe injury or death occurring during a crash, and the likelihood of a crash occurring given the volume of traffic and the exposure of vulnerable road users to motor vehicles.
“To meet Safe System principles in areas with many pedestrians and cyclists, travel speeds of 30 kilometres an hour or lower are needed,” says Bruce. “Alternatively, vulnerable road users need to be separated from motor vehicles by providing, for example, separated cycle or pedestrian facilities.”
The report also outlines supporting infrastructure treatments that reduce crash risks and can be positioned on the trajectory to Safe System alignment. By adopting these recommendations, road authorities can create better and safer environments that accommodate the needs of all road users.
Download the report: Integrating Safe System with Movement and Place for Vulnerable Road Users