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:
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
Works to improve safety on various sections of roads in the Upper North Area, including more than 41km of surfacing works, will begin on Saturday, 16 March.
Surfacing works to improve safety on Goyder Highway between Burra and Morgan are set to commence next week.