Under the lead of the Amy Gillet Foundation Australian organisations concerned with cycling advocacy joined to provide a response to the National Road Safety Strategy. Present and past National Road Safety Strategies can be found here. The BTA has made a submission as well as joining with Amy Gillette Foundation to suggest a wider ranging series of measures that can be found here:
A summary of the recommendations:
The safe use of the Australian road network and the reduction in trauma for the transport of people and goods requires a cultural shift away from competition for space to shared use. Designing for shared use requires the prioritisation of vulnerable road users. This will improve the safety for all road users.
The Australian Transport Council (ATC) needs to adopt bold strategies to support the ambitious targets or we will continue to lag behind in the management of safe road networks.
In revisiting the Draft NRSS the ATC would be well advised to incorporate actions to:
Acknowledge the increased value of shared modality and increased priority of vulnerable road users e.g. bicyclists and pedestrians, in infrastructure design
Introduce research protocols to identify participation and exposure rates, and crash typologies for vulnerable road users including on road, shared paths and off-road paths
Introduce criteria such that all road infrastructure funding incorporates inclusion of bicycle infrastructure at the time of design and of new and upgraded infrastructure.
Work towards removal of FBT tax incentives for new cars and generally seek to reduce demand for private motorised transport, especially in urban areas
Adopt three yearly road-worthiness checks for all registered vehicles
Adopt a nationally agreed Benefit Cost Ratio for the development of bicycling infrastructure
Work in partnership with community groups to deliver behaviour change programs and other campaigns to educate drivers on sharing the road with all road users – the success of “a Metre Matters” exemplifies the type of cross sector collaboration that is possible
Modify learner driver education and testing to promote a culture of shared road usage rather than identifying bicycle riders and pedestrians as hazards – the RoadRight program is such an example
Increase financial and institutional support of AustCycle (nationally accredited bicycle education and safety program) to increase reach to all Australian school-aged children and a significant proportion of the adult population.
Review road rules and legislation to place greater emphasis on the safety of vulnerable road users. Such opportunities may include zoned speed limits, legislating the passing distance by motorists around bicyclists, legislating that left turning motorists give way to bicyclists also turning left.