The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) is undertaking research ‘Safe System in the Planning Process’ (Austroads Project ST1766). It aims to get a picture of current practice regarding road safety considerations in the planning and development approvals process. As part of this study, I am asking a selection of practitioners in the traffic planning field to share some of their insights and experience. I hope you, or a colleague you may care to pass this on to, can provide some input.
This subject comes up in several guises: Safe System planning, safety-conscious planning, Level 1 safety audits, town planning for road safety, and so on. This qualitative review seeks to provide background on the relevance of Safe System to the planning process. The focus is on the process and resources for ‘safety-conscious planning’ rather than detailed technical rules and guidelines.
I’d appreciate any information and responses on as many of the following questions on which you or a colleague feel able to comment:
• Is road safety a consideration at any stage of land use planning and development control in your part of the world? Do traffic and road safety people get a say in the planning process? If not, why do you think this is? (eg is road safety accepted as a primary planning objective or not?)
• Specifically, are Safe System concepts and objectives explicitly considered in the planning or development control processes?
• What is used as the source of knowledge on this subject? Is practice guided by local or state policies and guidelines (please cite relevant documents if so)?
• What would help to lift road safety into more prominence at the planning stage – ie how can a Safe System approach become part of planning and development control?
• Can you cite any planning case studies in which road safety – and specifically Safe System – played a role in the decision process?
Brief responses and dot points are quite acceptable at this stage; if there are gaps to be filled, we can do that later.