We’re improving safety for pedestrians at more than 55 schools, shopping strips and intersections across the state as part of the jointly funded program to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety improvements in Victoria.

What we're doing

The Australian and Victorian Governments have invested $19.5 million in the Pedestrian and Safer Schools Program, improving safety near schools and shopping strips across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The program is part of a $97.2 million Targeted Road Safety Works program to create local jobs and support economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Within regional Victoria, we’re delivering safety improvements at more than 25 busy, high-risk areas to protect vulnerable road users.

Safety upgrades include:

  • electronic speed limit signs
  • pedestrian operated signals
  • raised zebra crossings
  • pedestrian refuge islands
  • other improvements to signalling, crossing and ground markings.

To learn more about what’s happening in your area visit our interactive safer roads website

Why we're doing it

Pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable road user groups, and the number of pedestrians killed or hospitalised has increased in the last 5 years. Between 2014 and 2019, more than 170 pedestrians were killed in Victoria, with more 2,300 seriously injured on Victorian roads.

Pedestrians and cyclists are completely exposed to the full force of a collision and the risk increases in busy pedestrian areas. Almost 80% of pedestrian fatality and serious injury crashes occurred on roads with speed limits of 60km/h or lower.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable. 

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

These busy, high-risk pedestrian and school areas will be made safer thanks to the $19.5m investment through the joint Commonwealth and Victorian Government Targeted Road Safety Works Program.  

This jointly funded program is dedicating $97.2m to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety improvements in Victoria. This program aims to accelerate the delivery of new infrastructure projects, continue roads safety improvements and support construction jobs and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These upgrades are being delivered by Safer Roads, in partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and will help us continue to deliver a safer network for connected journeys to get Victorians home sooner and safer, while supporting economic recovery.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Emailengage.ssrip@roads.vic.gov.au

Call:  133 778