Local government planning for road safety: some Victorian examples

In a review of town planning practice directed at road safety, the activities of local government authorities are of major interest. This report records observations made from contacts with three municipalities in the state of Victoria. St. Kilda is an inner suburban area at the confluence of several major transport corridors, with severe parking and local circulation problems. Knox is an outer suburban area with extensive housing areas, both established and developing. Sale is a growing country town. Traffic and town planning activities in each area are briefly described, and the degree to which safety was said to play a part in decision making is noted. Observations are made on the similarities and differences between the three. Safety appears to pervade traffic and planning decisions, as a necessary condition to be satisfied. However, it is observed that the criteria by which safety is assessed are generally not explicitly stated. Very little quantified information is available to local decision makers, and evaluation of the safety effectiveness of the course adopted rarely occurs. However, public response is taken as a form of 'informal' evaluation, and local opinion and reaction rather than technical data appears to be very influential in local decision making (a).

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Grant, J
    • Brindle, R E
  • Publication Date: 1981-1


  • English

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  • Pagination: 15P
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    • Issue Number: AIR 319-2

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  • Accession Number: 01438550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 9:36PM