Safe Travel Strategy FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

What changes am I going to see on the streets?

To achieve the ‘Towards Zero’ vision, Yarra, along with state wide, local and community partners are promoting safe travel through implementing safer vehicles speeds, safer roads and paths, safer vehicles and safer road users.

The primary changes that you will see on the streets of Yarra are reduction in speed limits and new infrastructure and facilities that will promote safer roads and paths. Whilst the ongoing improvement to existing roads happen, we are looking to extend the network of off road paths, improving routes to school and creating better infrastructure and road environment to protect cyclist and two wheeler motorists.

Another aspect of the strategy involves promoting and offering safe travel messages and programs as informative platform to the public for safe travel. There are a variety of education programs that Yarra has to offer to different road users and to different age demographic ranging from pre-school age to older drivers.

Council officers and Victoria Police will work together to identify and target locations with road safety issues, such as speeding, intersection/bike lane encroachment and pedestrian crossings, that contribute to a high risk of crashes and continuously improve the promotion of safer travel.    

Which roads are Council responsible for, and which roads are the State Government responsible for?

VicRoads are responsible for the following arterial roads in Yarra: Swan Street, Bridge Road, Victoria Street, Victoria Parade, Johnston Street, Alexandra Parade, Heidelberg Road, Nicholson Street, St Georges Road, Brunswick Street (between St Georges Road and Alexandra Parade), Hoddle Street, George Street, Church Street, Yarra Boulevard and Burnley Street.

All other roadways in Yarra are managed by Council.

What can Council do to improve safety on the roads that it does not manage (i.e. roads managed by VicRoads as outlined above)?

Council’s role in improving safety on roads that are managed by VicRoads is largely through advocacy. For example, where a road safety issue is identified on a VicRoads managed road, Council would make representations to VicRoads asking them to consider options for improvement.

VicRoads and TAC have number of road safety programs for which Council can apply for to improve the safety of Yarra’s road users.

Why is Council proposing to lower speed limits on local roads from 40kph to 30kph?

Council supports the principle of 30kph speed limits as an innovative traffic treatment to improve safety for all road users. Council began rolling out 40kph speed limits in 2006 and since 2010, when significant 40kph coverage across the municipality was achieved. Since then, there has been a significant trend downwards in crashes involving injury on our local roads. Our total injury crashes on local roads dropped from 131 in 2010 to 102 in 2015 and serious injury crashes from 44 in 2010 to 33 in 2015. 

This is a notable result, especially against the backdrop of a considerable increase in cycling on local roads in Yarra during this time. Our statistics are supported by research both in Australia and overseas showing that slower speed limits result in a significant reduction in traffic related incidents and accidents. Our bodies have a limited tolerance to physical impacts and the likelihood of being killed or seriously injured increases dramatically at as low as 30km/h (for a pedestrian).

Council would undertake a precinct-based trial of the 30kph speed limit on local roads and consult local residents and the wider community before making any decision to roll out the lower speed limit permanently. 

Media release on Council's plans to trial 30kph zones on local roads in Fitzroy.

What is the timeframe for implementing the actions outlined in the Safe Travel Strategy?

Actions outlined in the draft strategy will be rolled out over a 10-year period from 2016-2026. Many will be subject to funding in future Council budgets or other funding sources, such as grants from VicRoads and the TAC. Many of the projects identified in the draft strategy would also be subject to further, specific community consultation before being implemented. 

What is each of these authorities responsible for in relation to safe travel?

Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) – Provision of funding for safe travel behaviour programs such as young drivers, fatigue, drug driving, motorcycle safety, distractions, vehicle safety, speeding and drink driving.

VicRoads – Construction, monitoring and maintenance of highways and declared arterial roads. Provision of funding for engineering improvements on declared arterial and local municipal roads. Supporting and implementing various road safety education programs.

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) - A statutory authority that acts as a system authority for all public transport and an advocate for public transport users. PTV is a single contact point for customers wanting information on public transport services, fares, tickets and initiatives.

Public transport operators – Yarra Trams (trams), Metro Trains (trains), and Ventura (buses) - All provide public transport services and facilities, together with maintaining records and reporting to Victoria Police on casualty crashes and road safety incidents involving their respective services. They also promote and advocate public transport use throughout the community and at all levels of government.

Department of Justice – Oversees the road safety camera program on behalf of the State Government. 

Victoria Police - Providing traffic law enforcement, attendance at and traffic management at road casualty crashes, reporting and recording of road casualty crash details, public education and promotion of road safety campaigns, and feedback on road safety issues to other agencies.

List of local road safety programs:  Local road safety programs (98.26 KB)

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