Road design and management must take into account the needs of all road users, especially vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
Road infrastructure now includes many facilities that make travel by walking and cycling easier, safer and more predictable. Clearly marked and signalled pedestrian crossings, centre-of-road refuge islands, motion detectors and surface indicators help people safely cross busy urban roads and provide safer access for those using mobility aids.
Crossing busy roads can be difficult and risky for any pedestrians. The needs of pedestrians with disabilities, older pedestrians and children require particular consideration when developing the road network.
DPTI collaborates with local government and community user groups, implementing several strategies to make street crossings safer and more accessible for all pedestrians. Treatments and devices to improve safety for people with visual and physical disabilities include:
Get your walking shoes on this Friday, 19 May 2017, for National Walk Safely to School Day.
To demonstrate the safety benefits of newer cars, ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) crash tested a 2015 Toyota Corolla with a 1998 Toyota Corolla. The test found that the driver of the older Corolla would likely have died as a result of the 64km/h collision, whereas the driver of the newer Corolla — which has a five-star safety rating — would have sustained minor injuries.
Safety will soon be improved at the Angle Vale Road intersection with Curtis Road and McGee Road at Penfield Gardens.
A total of 52 kilometres of audio tactile linemarking will be installed on various roads in the northern area of South Australia with works commencing Wednesday, 5 April 2017.