Strategy Paves the Way for Safer Cycling

12 August 2019

In September 2018 Council received a $25,000 grant from the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) to develop a Cycling Safety Strategy.

The strategy identifies and prioritises infrastructure improvements and education to improve safety for cyclists, in light of the region’s booming cycle-tourism market.

Director Assets Will Jeremy said infrastructure projects will be added to Council’s Project Pipeline for future delivery as appropriate.

“Cycle tourism in the region has grown significantly in the past five years, and is forecast to more than double in the next seven years,” he said.

“It’s essential that we address growing friction between vehicles and cyclists for space on our roads for the sake of safety and enjoyment, particularly given this anticipated increase in cycle tourism.

“The strategy gives us a solid grounding for future delivery of road infrastructure improvements and education campaigns, to ensure that all road users have the opportunity to enjoy, and be safe while using our roads.”

The Strategy outlines three areas for improvement: Safe Roads, Safe Speeds and Safe People.

Recommendations include:

  • Improving the quality and continuity of road shoulders and crossing points
  • Speed reduction signage for cyclists during mountain descents
  • A region-specific code of conduct for rider behaviour
  • A targeted campaign promoting road-sharing and mutual respect.

Council has committed to add the recommended actions to its Project Pipeline as appropriate, and will prioritise them for delivery following the usual processes, considering all projects listed in the pipeline.

View the Cycling Safety Strategy.

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