Each year, around eight cyclists are killed on Victoria’s roads. The First Action Plan will implement the Safe System approach to reduce cyclist's deaths and injuries, including investing in significant infrastructure improvements and extending Victoria’s network of arterial cycling routes.
Area of action
Undertake public awareness campaigns to improve cyclist safety.
Provide education resources that promote safe cycling practices, particularly targeting primary and secondary schools.
Enforce increased helmet wearing and use of lights, and discourage failure to stop at traffic signals.
Review existing legislation to ensure that cyclists can be charged with serious traffic offences similar to those applied to drivers.
Implement engineering treatments to:
extend the Principal Bicycle Network (PBN) in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
develop and implement projects that link road cycling facilities, off-road routes and suitable nearby roads where competing demands preclude development of sections of the PBN
improve standards for bicycle facilities by providing safer measures to separate cyclists from busy traffic streams
investigate speed limit reductions and traffic calming measures at locations where cyclist activity is high.
Review existing legislation to ensure that cyclists can be charged with serious traffic offences similar to those that apply to drivers.