Pedestrians are vulnerable road users because there is nothing protecting them in the event of a crash. The number of pedestrians seriously injured or killed on Tasmanian roads has reduced dramatically over the last 30 years. This has been achieved through improving pedestrian safety with more intersections controlled by traffic signals, a continued focus at school crossings, and increased ‘mid-block’ treatments, such as ‘pedestrian islands’ to provide safe crossing points. The lowering of urban speed limits to 50 km/h on Tasmanian roads has also played an enormous role in reducing the level of road trauma for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
The Towards Zero – Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy 2017-2026 and the Towards Zero Action Plan 2020 – 2024 contains the plan for reducing the likelihood of crashes involving pedestrians in our urban areas.