Page 5829 - Week 15 - Thursday, 10 December 2009

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(4) Is the best/most successful infrastructure always installed as a matter of course when new or replacement infrastructure is installed and is there a policy to progressively replace roadside infrastructure with safer models.

(5) Does the placement of signs cater for the rider envelope when turning corners and provide space for run off should the need arise.

(6) What is the Government’s policy regarding the use of wire rope barriers (Brifen or Ingal) on roadsides, which have been proven as hazardous to motorcyclists and have these been excluded as a type of barrier that can be installed in the ACT.

(7) Is there a timeline for replacing the existing wire rope barriers with safer barriers.

(8) Does the Government have a strategy in place when doing pavement repairs and replacement that caters for single track vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles.

(9) Can the Minister provide data on the percentage of ACT motor vehicle registrations that are motorcycles/scooters.

(10) Can the Minister provide data on what percentage of ACT road crash deaths and serious injury cases are motorcyclists/scooters; if so, does this include both police and hospital data.

(11) How are motorcyclists recognised in ACT road safety, traffic management and transport planning policies and are they recognised as a separate class of road user for the purpose of these policies.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT follows current Australian practice in relation to road works and traffic engineering measures for all road users. Road design and construction are required to meet the ACT Design Standards for Urban Infrastructure and ACT Specification for Urban Infrastructure Works, which incorporate relevant Australian Standards, Austroads Guides, and where relevant practices in use in other jurisdictions. These standards and guidelines have been developed to reflect the needs of all road users, including motorcyclists, and are updated as necessary over time.

(2) Yes. Current ACT and national practice references the latest Australian Standards for roadside infrastructure. Australian Standard/New Zealand Standard 3845 Road Safety Barrier Systems is currently under review, and the Australian Motorcycle Council is part of this process. Roads ACT is committed to adopting this revised standard once it is finalised at a national level.

(3) See answers to previous questions. The ACT will consider the use of any new technology, for example improved frangible roadside furniture, if and when it meets relevant Australian Standards and Austroads Guides.

(4) See answers to previous questions. Roadside infrastructure is replaced in accordance with the Roads ACT Asset Management Plan and overall budget priorities.

(5) Yes. See answer to Question 1. The placement of signs and provision of run off space is covered by relevant Australian Standards and/or Austroads Guides.

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