There is an opportunity to improve road safety through requiring better construction management, and you are invited to have your say.
If construction has begun on a route, you may be familiar with detours, road closures and changes to the riding environment. Construction managers are required to ensure project impacts on people who walk, ride and drive are minimized and that people are kept safe.
Sometimes this is not done consistently and we wrote about the challenges and standards last year.
Austroads has released the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management Part 10: Sample Layouts and is seeking feedback by Thursday the 13th of June. It’s intended to replace the relevant material currently contained in Australian Standard AS1742.3 and associated State and Territory documents. This is especially relevant to councils, land managers and construction managers.
“Most of us in NSW are impacted by construction and we applaud this effort to develop a national, consistent standard that keeps everyone safe,” said General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
Bicycle NSW regularly works with Councils, land and road managers to help reduce the negative impacts of construction on people who ride bikes. Whenever possible we encourage members to have their say on local construction projects impacting them.
“Construction managers do their best to plan safe projects, but may not always remember the needs of bike riders. We hope this will make it easier for everyone”, said Bastien.
Bicycle NSW encourages riders and members to have their say whenever we share plans that impact your ride, and to get in touch if there’s a problem with local construction that you can’t get fixed.