National Road Safety Strategy – Feedback

The feedback period to the Strategy has been extended to the 18.2.2011. Feedback can be submitted to roadsafetystrategy@infrastructure.gov.au

The BTA feedback is below.

National Road Safety Strategy 2011 – 2020

Comments

We applaud the stated aim that the strategy will have a focus to make road improvements safer for people using bicycles, pedestrians, and the elderly. In many cases this need a clear separation of traffic based on speeds, with an appropriate level of funding.

Safe speeds

Low speed environments should be promoted, focused on safe access for vulnerable road users to shops, schools and high-frequency public transport. The safe speed in areas where cars mix with vulnerable road users is 30 kmh. A linked network of low speed roads is also needed to connect suburbs. An ageing population, which should be encouraged to stay out of institutions, needs safe low speed roads to reach community facilities and convenience shopping opportunities. Initially funding might be needed to trial solutions that would otherwise not be feasible (or popular).

Safe people

Safer people should include legislation to enforce one metre of distance when passing a bicycle or a pedestrian.

–       Drivers must re-sit a written test every time their licence is renewed to ensure they know all the current traffic rules. Drivers who lose their licence must re-enter the system in the same manner as a novice driver so they can benefit from all aspects of driver training (and restrictions) that form part of getting a licence.

–       Driving a vehicle in a manner that causes harm to others should be treated as assault.

–       School children to be educated as road users, starting at primary school with pedestrian skills, followed by cycling skills. Riding a bicycle is the best way to gain an understanding of road conditions and road users.

–       Vehicle and third party property and personal insurance to be attached to the driving licence and not the vehicle.

The best way to educate kids in safe road use is to teach cycling skills and by getting them to cycle to school from primary school onwards, as an integral part of their road safety curriculum.

Heinrich Benz

Bicycle Transport Alliance

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Promoting everyday cycling