Lower speed limits recommended to protect vulnerable road users


SHANE Rattenbury has welcomed the release of an Assembly Committee Report on ‘vulnerable road users’, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders.

Mr Rattenbury moved an Assembly resolution in May 2013 to establish the Committee, which has spent the last year inquiring into the matter.

“The Committee has made several useful recommendations, covering issues like education, rule changes and infrastructure improvements, which I think will improve recognition and protections for people like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders,” Shane said.

Recommendations cover areas for reform such as:

  • Slower speeds in areas like schools and some residential areas;
  • improved infrastructure such as shared, priority crossings;
  • reforms to driver training to take more account of vulnerable road users;
  • minimum overtaking distances for vehicles passing cyclists, and;
  • improved education measures, including training on cycling in primary schools

“I look forward to the Government responding to the recommendations positively, making good on its commitment to both improve safety for road users, and to support an increase in these sustainable modes of transport,” Shane concluded.

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