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Best Practice in Road Safety Infrastructure Programs

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Publication no: AP-R562-18 Pages: 55
Published: 10 April 2018

This report provides best practice recommendations for the development of Road Safety Infrastructure Programs (RSIPs) that align with the safe system approach.

For many years, investment in road safety infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand has taken a bottom-up approach of targeting safety improvements at locations with an established safety problem. While this approach served Australia and New Zealand well in the past, it does not fully embrace the safe system philosophy on which the Australian and New Zealand road safety strategies are based.

The report’s recommendations provide practical information on ways to improve program design, process and implementation. When implemented by road controlling authorities, this best practice approach will effectively contribute towards an enduring and safer transport system with fewer fatalities and serious injuries.

Webinar: Best Practice in Road Safety Infrastructure Programs

This webinar presented on 15 May 2018, provides best practice recommendations for the development of Road Safety Infrastructure Programs (RSIPs) that align with the safe system approach. The webinar was presented by Paul Durdin and Dave Smith. Download the presentation slides.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
  • 1.1 Research Objective
  • 1.2 Report Contents
2. Safe System Approach to Road Safety
  • 2.1 Safe System Philosophy
  • 2.2 Safe System and Road Design
  • 2.2.1 Safe System Infrastructure Treatments
  • 2.2.2 Barriers to Implementing Safe System Road Design
3. Consultation
  • 3.1 Strategic Direction
  • Key Messages:
  • 3.2 Risk Identification
  • Key Messages:
  • 3.3 Countermeasure Identification and Development
  • Key Messages:
  • 3.4 Program Development and Approval
  • Key Messages:
  • 3.5 Project Design and Delivery
  • Key Messages:
  • 3.6 Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Key Messages:
4. Literature Review
  • 4.1 Strategic Direction in Road Safety Management
  • 4.1.1 Program Theory
  • 4.1.2 Road Safety Management and Outcomes
  • 4.1.3 RSIP Management Tools
  • 4.2 Risk Identification
  • 4.2.1 Understanding the Road Safety Problem
  • 4.2.2 Best Practice in Identifying Problem Locations
  • 4.3 Countermeasure Development
  • 4.3.1 Countermeasure Selection
  • 4.3.2 Innovative Safety Treatments
  • 4.3.3 Cost Benefit Analysis
  • 4.4 Evaluation
  • 4.4.1 Principles of Evaluation
  • 4.4.2 RSIP Evaluation Techniques
  • 4.5 Conclusions
  • 4.5.1 Strategic Direction
  • 4.5.2 Risk Identification
  • 4.5.3 Countermeasure Development
  • 4.5.4 RSIP evaluation
5. Preliminary Assessment
6. Workshop Findings
7. Best Practice Guidance
8. Best Practice Case Studies
  • 8.1 Strategic Direction
  • 8.2 Risk Identification
  • 8.3 Countermeasure Identification and Development
  • 8.4 Program Development and Approval
  • 8.5 Project Design and Delivery
  • 8.6 Monitoring and Evaluation
9. Recommendations Towards Implementation
Appendix A Examples of RSIP Evaluation
  • A.1 Victoria’s SRIP3
  • A.2 Western Australian Black Spot Program
  • A.3 British Columbia’s Road Improvement Program
  • A.4 Sweden in-depth fatality analysis project
  • A.5 Missouri Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Appendix B Workshop One: Poster Statements with Response
Appendix C Best Practice Evaluation Form

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