Road Safety

Council is committed to creating an inclusive, healthy, creative, sustainable and smart community. Encompassed within this vision is Council’s continuous commitment to provide safe travel for all road users within Stonnington. Over the past decade this commitment has been achieved through Council's Road Safety Policy (2008 – 2017).

After its expiration, Council's Road Safety Policy was replaced by the recently adopted ‘Towards Zero’ Road Safety Strategy (2018-2022). This innovative and leading Strategy was developed to guide and implement the vision for road safety over the next five years. The shift from a policy to Strategy also allowed for a more targeted response to an increasing population and heightened community expectations.

Closely aligned with the Victorian government’s road safety strategy Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy (2016 - 2020), the aim of the Strategy is to promote safe road-based travel by reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Stonnington’s roads. This aim is achieved through the continued implementation of evidence-based infrastructure, behavioural and educational strategies using Safe System principles. The Safe System principles have been acknowledged globally as the most advanced and effective long-term approach to eliminating road trauma, and are recognised by institutions such as the International Transport Research Centre (2008) and the Australian Government (National Road Safety Strategy 2011 – 2020). 

With Stonnington’s population forecast to grow to 143,257 by 2036 (an increase of 23 per cent) there will be even greater demand on the local traffic network. Road space availability at present is limited, with little capacity to be extended to any significant degree. Therefore, in alignment with Council’s vision and current plans for enhancing urban liveability and the well-being of residents, the challenge is to cater for increased trips by all transport modes while improving the safety of all road users. 

View the City of Stonnington’s 'Towards Zero' Road Safety Strategy (2018 - 2022)(PDF, 3MB) and accompanying Five-Year Implementation Plan(PDF, 58KB) to find out more about how Council will work with road safety stakeholders to achieve its 'Towards Zero' goals.

Speed and Speeding
Young Drivers
Primary Schools
Older Road Users
Motorcyclists
Cyclists and pedestrians

Speed and Speeding

Vehicle speed contributes significantly to the severity of the crashes and the resulting injuries. VicRoads suggest that at higher speeds there is a greater likelihood of severe injury or death and even small increases in travel speed can cause disproportionately large increases in the likelihood of a crash that causes death or serious injury.2016-TP-risk-of-being-killed.png

According to VicRoads statistics, lower travelling speeds on our urban roads have contributed to significant reductions in pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries since 2001. This graph shows the relationship between vehicle speed and the risk of being killed.

Vehicle speed contributes significantly to the severity of the crashes and the resulting injuries. VicRoads suggest that at higher speeds there is a greater likelihood of severe injury or death and even small increases in travel speed can cause disproportionately large increases in the likelihood of a crash that causes death or serious injury.

According to VicRoads Safety Statistics, lower travelling speeds on our urban roads have contributed to significant reductions in pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries since 2001. This graph shows the relationship between vehicle speed and the risk of being killed.

Further, crash data research was conducted by independent road safety specialists to assist with the development of the 'Towards Zero' Road Safety Strategy (2018 - 2022). Results revealed that over the five-year period of July 2011 to June 2016, there were a total of 10 fatalities and 632 serious injuries that occurred on Stonnington’s roads. Serious injuries are defined as police reported, TAC validated serious injuries, where a person has been recorded as admitted to hospital with at least one overnight stay. 

One of the ways that Council is proactively addressing speed in Stonnington is by introducing Area 40 speed zones in some local streets. Find out more here.

Road Safety Programs for Learner and Young Drivers

Fit2Drive

The Fit2Drive (F2D) Foundation Inc. is a not for profit community partnership that is dedicated to reducing youth road trauma. Its focus is on building the capacity of young people to make good decisions when faced with risky driving situations, whether as a passenger or a driver.

The philosophy of the F2D program incorporates the belief that young people have the capacity to change and influence attitudes and behaviours in relation to risky driving, and supports them to take ownership and responsibility for their own and their peers' safety.

The F2D Foundation Inc. is an incorporated association, funded by contributions from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), VicRoads (through the Victorian Community Road Safety Partnership Program), Department of Education and Training (DET), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), and local government, as well as sponsorship, school subscriptions and fundraising. Central to the F2D approach is using university students trained as Peer Facilitators to run workshops with young people in school and community settings. Click here  to learn how to get your school involved.

L2P (Learners to Probationary Licence)

L2P is an innovative community based program developed to provide assistance to young people, who face significant barriers in completing their 120 hours of on road driving experience. Young people are matched with trained volunteer mentors who will support them to attain their 120 hours of supervised driving. 

The City of Stonnington supported program is facilitated by Melbourne City Mission, funded by TAC and administered through VicRoads.

In the 2017/2018 financial year, the Stonnington L2P program achieved the following outcomes: 

  • 10 young drivers achieved their probationary licence
  • We provided 47 professional driving lessons
  • Over 557 driving hours

 The program supports road safety in Stonnington by building the confidence and skills of young learner drivers.

 Click here to find out more or to donate your time as a mentor.

Road Safety for Primary Schools

Encouraging, supporting and promoting safety around schools is an important component of Stonnington's 'Towards Zero' Road Safety Strategy (2018 - 2022). If you are a teacher or parent and are interested in discussing safe active transport to and from school, require support to develop a school travel plan or would like to discuss strategies to support and encourage involvement in active transport initiatives such as Ride2School Day and National Walk Safely to School Day please contact Council’s Road User Behaviour Officer on 8290 1333.

Students from Caulfield Grammar School, Malvern Campus, participating in National Walk Safely to school day:

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Road Safety for Older Road Users

According to VicRoads statistics, our ageing population makes older drivers the fastest growing risk group for road crashes. Stonnington’s Road Safety Policy commits to the delivery of behavioural road safety programs that aim to promote and encourage driver safety for road users over 60 years.

Upcoming courses available for City of Stonnington residents include: Wiser Driver; Safer Scooter Safer Wheelchair; Wiser Walker, Wiser Traveller; and RACV Road Safety for Seniors. For more information please contact Council’s Road User Behaviour Officer on 8290 1333.

For more information and advice on transport options for seniors refer to the RACV website.

Road Safety for Motorcyclists

The Transport Accident Commission reported that of the 213 people who lost their lives on Victoria's roads in 2018, motorcyclists, and passengers of motorcyclists, represented 18% (38 people) of the total lives lost. 

To help protect yourself and your passenger, it is very important as a rider that you: 

  • Ride within your limit and experience
  • Wear protective clothing (protective clothing for riders)
  • Look ahead and don't assume other road users have seen you
  • Get to know the bike you are riding and how it behaves
  • Show respect to other road users and share the road
  • Familiarise yourself with Motorcycle safety features
  • Read and follow these safer riding tips to reduce your risk

If you are returning to motorbike riding, or have just decided to begin riding, take the below online quiz to test and refresh your knowledge of safe riding behaviour and road rules: 

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What others can do to keep motorcyclists safe

  • When driving always keep an eye out for motorcyclists, check your mirrors and pay attention to your surroundings
  • Do not let yourself be distracted while driving or as a pedestrian
  • Show respect to other road users, particularly motorcyclists who are extremely vulnerable in a crash

Road Rules for motorcyclists

Road Safety for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Cyclists

Council is committed to increasing participation in cycling and supporting cycling safety is an important step towards encouraging more people to cycle. For more information on cycling in Stonnington, and to find tips for safe cycling including how to stay safe around car doors, click here. For more information, watch Cadel Evans talk about car dooring in a short TAC video here.

Pedestrians

As a pedestrian, plan where you will walk and always choose the safest place to cross a road. VicRoads has developed a set of engaging video and print resources to inform the community about pedestrian safety when crossing roads. Click here to read more. 

Remember as a pedestrian you must:

  • never look at your phone while crossing the road
  • use the shortest or most direct way to cross a road 
  • cross to the nearest edge of the road after getting off a tram
  • obey traffic instructions from a police officer
  • give way to vehicles at roundabouts
  • obey 'no pedestrian' signs
  • cross at pedestrian crossings – you must not cross the road within 20 metres of a pedestrian crossing
  • Give Way when crossing a path which is for bicycles and wheeled devices (a path showing a 'Bicycle lane' sign).

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