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WANTED: PROJECTS TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY

By Advertising Feature - 31 January 2012 55

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Most people understand the importance of road safety. After all, it is something that can potentially affect all of us. If you want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, this is your chance to seek funding to make the solution happen. You might have a good idea about road safety around your local school, in your local community or in the ACT and region generally. This is your opportunity to apply for funding to help make that idea a reality.

Individuals and community-based and other organisations can apply for funding for projects or activities from the NRMA – ACT Road Safety Trust under the 2012/2013 Grant Program.

The Trust has identified the following as priority areas and will give such applications priority attention:

    — Drink Driving
    — Drug Driving
    — Driver Distraction
    — Speed
    — Unlicensed drivers

The Trust will also consider applications focussed on other areas of road safety.

The Trust is jointly funded by NRMA Insurance and the ACT Government’s road safety levy and its main objective is to enhance road safety for the ACT road-using community. The Trust is seeking well-justified applications for grants, which meet the Trust’s objectives and which have the potential to produce practical road safety benefit in the ACT and region.

Information and on-line submission form are available from www.roadsafetytrust.org.au

Applications close on 9 March 2012.

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Felix the Cat 6:04 am 05 Feb 12

damien haas said :

I wonder if the decline in road fatalities due to alcohol has been matched with a rise in fatalities due to mobile phone use.

Every day i see drivers on their mobile phone – an offence the much vaunted ‘safety cameras’ dont detect. Yesterday I was catching the bus back from Belconnen and from the bus window saw a person with an iPad on their steering wheel – while driving along Ginninderra Drive.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/super-cam-nabs-drivers-on-phones-and-without-seatbelts-from-600m-away/story-e6freuzr-1226262428942

markjohnconley 2:10 pm 04 Feb 12

Remove the ambiguities in the road rules, eg. rule 73 (3) & (5) with 236?
If the police will not / can not enforce the rules and the public is not educated then remove the confusing rules, again 73 (3) & (5)
mark

Sgt.Bungers 2:29 pm 02 Feb 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Gee, who would have thought a country of almost 17 million in an area less than half the size of Victoria would have a better planned road/cycle system than Australia.

It’s fine to keep referring to the Netherlands as commuting nirvana, but I would think a minor thing called reality, is going to make it very hard to implement any similar measures on a grand scale as would be required here to create a meaningful effect.

I certainly agree with the theory of better separating motor vehicles and cyclists, I just can’t see it ever happening.

Australia is unique given our massive landmass and tiny population. Cycling from one side of the country, to another, or even simply in between major towns and cities on the east coast will almost certainly never be a reality for general commuting.

However it is a reality that the vast majority of the Australian population live in cities. A request for proper, dedicated and direct cycling infrastructure within towns and cities in order to provide a realistic alternative to the motor vehicle and to public transport, is far from unreasonable.

Staying on topic, less people in 1 to 2 tonne motor vehicles traveling at 50 to 100 km/h, and more people on bikes traveling at 10 to 30 km/h, will also improve road safety. This is what we can take from several decades of cycle infrastructure innovations in the Netherlands.

Such infrastructure becoming a reality in Canberra will take funding and commitment from progressive governments over several terms.

Had the 1970’s oil crisis woken Canberra up to the fact that privately owned motor vehicles are not the way forward for a sustainable future, then we would already be in a situation where a significant percentage of short city trips could be made safely by bicycle.

We did not wake up to that fact then… nor did we wake up to that fact during the fuel cost spikes in the last decade.

Even today, in 2012, new developments in Canberra are not required to have foot paths on residential access streets, let alone cycle infrastructure.

Pedestrians are expected to walk in the same space as motor vehicles may be operated, then hop off the road when a vehicle approaches at a legal speed of 50 km/h. A speed where should a motor vehicle collide with a pedestrian, the pedestrian’s chance of survival is less than half. This goes on meters from our front doors, and is somehow considered acceptable, or too hard to fix.

The privately owned motor vehicle is still king in Canberra, that fact in itself is one of the biggest detriments to road safety today.

NoImRight 11:52 am 02 Feb 12

poetix said :

NoImRight said :

Ive got a rock that keeps tigers away if you are interested in buying it.

The magic crystals hanging from my mirror keep thylacines away, even when I drive past the zoo.

Beats your rock any day. And they give the car such a pretty, in-touch-with the-spirits look.

Mmmm. Id like to buy your crystals. They do seem to be working!

poetix 11:45 am 02 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

Ive got a rock that keeps tigers away if you are interested in buying it.

The magic crystals hanging from my mirror keep thylacines away, even when I drive past the zoo. Beats your rock any day. And they give the car such a pretty, in-touch-with the-spirits look.

BicycleCanberra 11:34 am 02 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

Ive got a rock that keeps tigers away if you are interested in buying it.

what about a Bull, or the elephant in the room!

NoImRight 11:13 am 02 Feb 12

BicycleCanberra said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Gee, who would have thought a country of almost 17 million in an area less than half the size of Victoria would have a better planned road/cycle system than Australia.

It’s fine to keep referring to the Netherlands as commuting nirvana, but I would think a minor thing called reality, is going to make it very hard to implement any similar measures on a grand scale as would be required here to create a meaningful effect.

I certainly agree with the theory of better separating motor vehicles and cyclists, I just can’t see it ever happening.

Interesting for the size of the Netherlands that there is over 29 000km of dedicated cycle paths and 12 000 km of cycle lanes. In terms of scale, the most amount of cycling infrastructure anywhere in the world.
The figures and statistics speak for themselves really. If you want to compare road safety statistics they are also at the top of the tree for motorised countries at around 4 deaths per 100 000.

It will only happen with ‘political will’ and a willing to invest in cycling and walking.

http://youtu.be/rn2s6ax_7TM

Ive got a rock that keeps tigers away if you are interested in buying it.

BicycleCanberra 11:06 am 02 Feb 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Gee, who would have thought a country of almost 17 million in an area less than half the size of Victoria would have a better planned road/cycle system than Australia.

It’s fine to keep referring to the Netherlands as commuting nirvana, but I would think a minor thing called reality, is going to make it very hard to implement any similar measures on a grand scale as would be required here to create a meaningful effect.

I certainly agree with the theory of better separating motor vehicles and cyclists, I just can’t see it ever happening.

Interesting for the size of the Netherlands that there is over 29 000km of dedicated cycle paths and 12 000 km of cycle lanes. In terms of scale, the most amount of cycling infrastructure anywhere in the world.
The figures and statistics speak for themselves really. If you want to compare road safety statistics they are also at the top of the tree for motorised countries at around 4 deaths per 100 000.

It will only happen with ‘political will’ and a willing to invest in cycling and walking.

http://youtu.be/rn2s6ax_7TM

NoImRight 11:04 am 02 Feb 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Gee, who would have thought a country of almost 17 million in an area less than half the size of Victoria would have a better planned road/cycle system than Australia.

It’s fine to keep referring to the Netherlands as commuting nirvana, but I would think a minor thing called reality, is going to make it very hard to implement any similar measures on a grand scale as would be required here to create a meaningful effect.

I certainly agree with the theory of better separating motor vehicles and cyclists, I just can’t see it ever happening.

Pretty much this…..

I could make a lengthy reply detailing the logic fail, economic fail and moral high ground fail in #36 and #43 but Ill sit pat for now. Please think about paras 1 and 2 above before launching…

Holden Caulfield 10:05 am 02 Feb 12

Gee, who would have thought a country of almost 17 million in an area less than half the size of Victoria would have a better planned road/cycle system than Australia.

It’s fine to keep referring to the Netherlands as commuting nirvana, but I would think a minor thing called reality, is going to make it very hard to implement any similar measures on a grand scale as would be required here to create a meaningful effect.

I certainly agree with the theory of better separating motor vehicles and cyclists, I just can’t see it ever happening.

dtc 9:24 am 02 Feb 12

Given that most accidents are caused by driver error, why not an advertising campaign giving people tips on how to drive more safely – well, really, how to avoid accidents.

I know that defensive driving courses often involve instructors sitting in a car and having the driver tell the instructor all the potential dangers (or the instructor pointing out the dangers) eg: there is a car pulling up at the cross road, danger is that it wont stop or will pull out. So you (as driver) need to check that the car is stopped. Best way – look at their wheels, because you can tell if a wheel is turning. Then see if the driver is looking in your direction. Or you notice the driver of the car in the lane next to you has turned and looked at you. Does this mean s/he might be changing lanes, even though the indicator is not on? What do you do – slow down and leave a gap between you and the car in front, just in case. Or you are driving along a country road at night and a car coming towards you blinds you with their headlights – what do you do? Or a fox appears in the middle of the road – what do you do?

Its all well and good to say ‘make getting a licence harder’ but the vast majority of people on the road already have a licence, so making it harder is a very long term remedy.

Giving a few tips – in a genuine non patronising way, that isn’t a ‘you are doing it wrong, stop it’ attitude (like speeding, drink driving, mobile phone use etc ads usually are) – encouraging people to realise what dangers exists and what they can do to minimise those dangers, surely will reduce accidents.

All of the ‘priority areas’ identified are serious, but they are all things people already know are wrong and nonetheless they chose to do it. A few more campaigns waving a disappointed finger at them isn’t going to change anything. But a campaign that teaches people new skills, rather than trying to stop them doing something, surely is both worth the effort and will get more attention than yet another ad saying the same things as has been said many time over many years.

dpm 6:31 pm 01 Feb 12

damien haas said :

I wonder if the decline in road fatalities due to alcohol has been matched with a rise in fatalities due to mobile phone use.

Every day i see drivers on their mobile phone – an offence the much vaunted ‘safety cameras’ dont detect. Yesterday I was catching the bus back from Belconnen and from the bus window saw a person with an iPad on their steering wheel – while driving along Ginninderra Drive.

Safety camera don’t detect drink drivers either (your other comparison point). So, not sure why they come into that comparison?

Sgt.Bungers 6:10 pm 01 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

Whatever they arent doing in the fricken Netherlands gets my vote.

Really?

You say this despite their road deaths being roughly the same as ours in 1971 (Netherlands over 3300, Australia 3590)… at which time the Dutch decided to invest heavily in bicycle in infrastructure and push people back onto bicycles.

In recent years, our road deaths, 1,488 in 2009, 1,352 in 2010.

In the Netherlands, 720 and 640 respectively.

Despite the commitment of the Dutch clearly paying off, despite proof that proper dedicated bicycling facilities within built up areas are considerably safer than catering primarily for motor vehicles… we continue to treat car as king consider cyclists as less entitled to their own infrastructure.

Why?

Just to confirm… given the chance to have our road deaths decline at double the speed that they have been, you would chose not to take that option?

BicycleCanberra 4:20 pm 01 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

Whatever they arent doing in the fricken Netherlands gets my vote.

How about Sweden then

NoImRight 4:07 pm 01 Feb 12

Whatever they arent doing in the fricken Netherlands gets my vote.

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