AGF Helping Reduce Trauma on Local Roads

In 2020, the Amy Gillett Foundation made a submission to the NSW Inquiry into Reducing Trauma on Local Roads in response to three separate inquiries.

We are honoured to have been featured in the Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety (StaySafe) in Report 1/57-July 2021 on Reducing Trauma on Local Roads in NSW.

“Local roads are a fundamental part of everyday life, with virtually every journey starting or ending on one of these roads. Unfortunately, a high percentage of fatalities and serious injuries also occur on local roads. I thank all the members of the Committee for their interest and informative contributions to this report. I also thank the Committee staff for their work.”

Chair, Lou Amato MP

A list of our mentions can be found below:

  • 3.54: The Amy Gillett Foundation stated that it is essential to involve the community in road safety if meaningful gains are to be realised in this area.
    The Foundation commented: While our culture about road safety – and attitudes about whether it is an important or urgent issue – requires clear, government policy and action, it also requires people to be involved and engaged in the process.

  • 4.3: The Amy Gillett Foundation also submitted that a recent review of all undergraduate civil engineering degrees identified that there is a significant gap in road design education, and almost no content on cycling infrastructure.

  • 4.4: Their submission also noted that Transport and Main Roads in Queensland run a short course on Designing for Pedestrians and Cyclists, and suggested that this should be adopted nationally as a model for upskilling engineers.

  • 6.8: The Amy Gillett Foundation also noted that higher speeds result in greater rates of injury and potentially death. The Foundation said the correlation between speed and survivability is already known in terms of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) and was explicitly included in the NRSS 2011. Lower impact speeds will result in a reduction in death and injury for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • 6.24: The Amy Gillett Foundation also commented that in several European countries 30km/h zones are seen as an important component to ‘liveable’ streets where the safety priority is on the vulnerable road users, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as children and seniors. The Foundation identified 15 European countries which had implemented 30 km/h zones, and noted that 11 states in the United States of America had also implemented lower speed zones (20 miles per hour).

  • 6.44: Dr Marilyn Johnson, Research and Policy Manager, Amy Gillett Foundation, and Senior Researcher, Monash University, Institute of Transport Studies, pointed to the need for ‘education and more socially focused cultural campaigns and discussions’ regarding road safety, particularly in relation to cyclists. The Amy Gillett Foundation had been engaging regional local communities in Victoria to promote the benefits of cycling and to address areas of hostility towards cyclists.

  • 6.70: The Amy Gillett Foundation told the Committee that urgent and immediate action is needed to revise and update the way that novice drivers are taught and tested about sharing the road with cyclists. They referred to a research project being undertaken by the Australian Research Council that focused on the education and training received by people in the early stages of driving such as pre-learner, learner and probationary drivers. That research found that, as it currently stands, existing driver education and training research in Australia does not focus on including cyclists in driver training curriculums

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