Protecting our vulnerable road users
Motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicycle riders are among Queensland’s most vulnerable road users. The department is committed to improving the safety of vulnerable road users on Queensland’s roads through providing safer road infrastructure with designated shared path facilities, engaging with the community, and by providing well designed education campaigns.
Reduce speed limits in high pedestrian and cycling areas
Pedestrians and bike riders are over-represented in Queensland’s fatal and serious injury statistics and appropriate speed limit setting is one road safety treatment to help address this matter.
As part of the recent revision of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Part 4, a review of the crash rates and infrastructure risks has been undertaken to see whether speed limits are appropriate for the function of the road and take into account the assessed level of safety risk.
As a result of this review, the process for setting lower speed limits in areas of high pedestrian and/or bike rider activity has been consolidated, simplified and enhanced. The introduction of High Active Transport User Areas in the MUTCD Part 4 will improve road safety through the establishment of lower speed environments where pedestrians and bike riders are present.
For more information on strategy and action plans
Driver Reviver sites
TMR aims to have the 33 driver reviver sites across Queensland operating during peak travel periods such as public holidays and school holidays.
The program is supported by volunteers from a wide range of service organisations and community groups who give up their own time to promote road safety and help to reduce the road toll.
The driver reviver sites (operating or not) provide motorists with the opportunity and place to stop and take a break, along with other rest areas across the state.
For more information on Driver Reviver sites
School Crossing Supervisors
This year marks 35 years since the School Crossing Supervisor Scheme was introduced in Queensland to help keep primary- aged children safe when travelling to and from schools near busy roads.
Close to 700 schools are part of the supervised school crossing scheme, with TMR funding over 1240 crossings staffed by over 1900 School Crossing Supervisors (SCS) throughout the state.
At the heart of the scheme are TMR’s dedicated SCS who operate the crossings during all weather conditions. Eight of the department’s crossing supervisors from various parts of the state will also celebrate their 35th year working in the role. The government has committed funding for an additional 50 school crossing supervisor positions for 2019–21.
This year marks the 35th anniversary since the introduction of the School Crossing Supervisor Scheme.
Celebrating one of TMR’s SCS, Judy Thomas
One of the department’s SCS reaching the outstanding 35th milestone this year is Judy Thomas, who operates the crossing at Bracken Ridge State School. Judy started as a SCS at Nashville State School in October 1984 and has been guarding the safety and wellbeing of children as they travel to and from school ever since.
Flashing light program - final report
The department has continued to install flashing school zone signs (FSZS) at risk-assessed school zones across the state.
Evaluations of the FSZS program have found the signs help motorists’ awareness of and adherence to school zone speed limits. The benefits of this program are the improved safety of Queensland children travelling to and from school.
TMR has successfully installed flashing school zone signs in another 59 Queensland school zones in 2018-19. Since the program began in 2012, the department has installed FSZS at 903 Queensland school zones.
School zones are selected based on several criteria including:
- a detailed assessment of risk
- nominations by schools and communities
- local knowledge of problem areas.
Due to its success, the FSZS program has been extended which will enable further installations from 2019–20 to 2020–21.
For more information on school road safety
An example of a Flashing School Zone Sign.
Recognising Jody Brumby’s dedication and support to the Logan community
Jody Brumby was recognised in the 2019 Australia Day awards, receiving a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to the community of Queensland.
Jody has spent 17 years working across Queensland delivering dedicated customer service to the public at all levels, including in her current role at Logan CSC.
As a proud Indigenous woman, Jody is passionate about working on ways to improve the delivery of TMR products and services to our customers and played an integral role in the delivery of the Community Learner Licence Program conducted in the Logan community. This program offers an alternative to learner licence testing for people with learning difficulties by providing them with the opportunity to learn the road rules in a community-based workshop environment. Jody played a critical role in gathering subject matter experts to deliver the workshops and set up an environment where participants felt included, confident to participate and achieve success in receiving their learner licence.
Within the wider Logan community, Jody has worked with the Logan First Nations People to provide youth, justice and education as well as health and wellbeing programs and initiatives for Indigenous people helping to empower those in her community.
It is through Jody’s achievements, her courage to share her story and her strength that she empowers our current generation and is paving the way for generations to come.