An investment of $46 million has been injected into traffic calming and road safety projects across Victoria to make local streets safer for pedestrians, road users and cyclists.
The Safe Travel in Local Streets Program has delivered safety improvements on local streets from 2019 to 2022, in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).
The project was created to support metropolitan and regional councils with project grants, to fund safety upgrades in communities and improve local amenities by transforming roads that are high-risk or have a high-crash history.
Traffic calming measures implemented as part of the initiative include street narrowing, dragon teeth line marking, speed cushions and road humps, raised pavements and safety platforms, wombat crossings, small roundabouts and pinch points or partial street closures.
Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable road user groups, and the number of pedestrians killed or hospitalised has increased in the last five years. Between 2014 and 2019 more than 170 pedestrians were killed in Victoria, with more 2300 seriously injured on Victorian roads.