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Protecting our vulnerable road users

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is committed to protecting vulnerable road users as we work towards our long-term vision of zero deaths or serious injuries on Tasmanian roads.

The safety of vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – is set to improve, with submissions being called for our latest round of Vulnerable Road User Program funding.

Over the past five years, more than 40 per cent of serious casualties on Tasmanian roads were vulnerable road users.

That’s why we have made $1 million available each year to reduce casualties through infrastructure improvements that reduce the risk of conflict between motor vehicles and vulnerable road users.

The projects are delivered in partnership with local government. Previous infrastructure through the program has included electronic speed signs in high pedestrian areas, enhanced pedestrian crossings and new off-road pathways.

As a community, we must work together to reduce the number of cyclist, pedestrian and motorcyclist fatalities and injuries, and improving infrastructure is one of the solutions.

The Vulnerable Road User Program is a key focus of our new $75 million Towards Zero Action Plan 2020-2024, which targets Tasmania’s highest risk areas to achieve the greatest possible reductions in serious injuries and deaths as a result of road trauma.

Councils have until Friday, March 27, 2020, to submit their proposals. More information is available at www.transport.tas.gov.au