Making people safer in local and busy places

A cyclist riding through Melbourne's CBD.We’re focusing on making people safer on our busiest roads and intersections whether they’re behind the wheel of a car, walking or riding a bike. From safety upgrades including a $60 million investment in intersections to $100 million on bike routes for cyclists, we’re creating safer roads for everyone, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Serious injuries are the hidden side of road trauma

Each year, around 6,000 people are hospitalised with serious injuries from a crash. Since 2000, over 90,000 people have had to recover from a serious injury. Almost a quarter of these serious injuries happen at intersections with speed limits of 60 - 70km/h, while 18% happen in local streets with speeds of 40 – 50km/h.

How we are making intersections and local streets safer

  • $100 million for walking and bike paths to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians
  • Separate bike paths and lanes on busy bicycle routes including traffic lights prioritising cyclists
  • $60 million on intersections and traffic calming including new roundabouts and raised platforms for high risk intersections (like those being trialled on the Surf Coast Highway and Kidman Avenue in Geelong)
  • New speed and red light cameras, which have been shown to reduce casualty crashes by 47%
  • More mini-roundabouts and kerb outstands for local streets
  • Develop community understanding of human vulnerability and how our bodies haven't evolved to withstand impact forces of a common crash
  • Support for older drivers to self-regulate or talk to their doctor about driving

Serious injuries change people's lives forever

Chelsea was 5-years-old when she acquired a severe brain injury in a crash. Chelsea spent six months in hospital and her mum, Susie, had to give up working to become her full-time carer. While Chelsea continues to make a strides in her recovery, years on, Chelsea and her family live with the implications of that crash every day.

Read more about how we're making people safer in the Towards Zero 2016-2020 Strategy and Action Plan