02 Jun 2014
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has launched Living Neighbourhoods, a new website to support the creation of safer neighbourhoods and people friendly streets in South Australia.
Executive Director for Road Safety Julie Holmes says the initiative helps communities wanting to benefit from improved road safety on their local streets by offering a range tools and information for the community to turn their ideas into action.
“These ideas could be quite specific, for example encouraging more people to enjoy their local spaces or developing safer places for children to play, or they might want to address a specific concern, like respect between different road users and residents,” Ms Holmes said.
“The site, which can be found at www.dpti.sa.gov.au/livingneighbourhoods, encourages community connections by providing links to resources, programs and initiatives as well as opportunities for sharing ideas and project success.
“Key outcomes of Living Neighbourhoods will include increasing active travel, reduction in car use, reduction in vehicle travel speeds in local streets and enhanced perception of liveability and neighbourhood safety.
“As a community we need to continue to work to create a vibrant city and streets that are more people friendly places which support and encourage cycling and walking.”
Living Neighbourhoods has been developed by the South Australian Government as a priority action of the Road Safety Action Plan 2011 & 2012 and in the context of aims stated in Towards Zero Together: South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy 2020.
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