Speed-limits in local streets: lessons from a 30 km/h trial in Victoria, Australia

Brian N. Fildes, Brendan Lawrence, Luke Thompson, Jennie Oxley

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This chapter covers design of rural roads according to the model for safe traffic used in the Vision Zero approach. Based on expected levels of the safety of vehicles and road users, the roads and the road side furniture should be designed to avoid fatalities and serious injuries. An introduction is presented covering the safe system approach and how speed limits of roads should be set to reflect the safety standard of the road in relation human injury tolerance and the capacity to protect the road users. One section will cover countermeasures to protect vulnerable road users, including speed calming road infrastructure, bicycle and pedestrian paths, bus stops. Another section will cover road infrastructure countermeasures addressing vehicle occupants. It is shown how change of velocity, vehicle mean acceleration, and crash duration are correlated and how they influence occupant injury risk. Design of different types of roads on rural roads is described, such as the two-plus-one lane road design with median barrier, and various ways of separating traffic or preventing run-off road crashes including road barrier design and rumble strips. Safe intersection design is an important part on rural roads that is explained. The last part covers design of the roadside area from a safe system approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Vision Zero Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Technology and Management for a Zero Casualty Policy
EditorsKarin Edvardsson Björnberg, Sven Ove Hansson, Matts-Åke Belin, Claes Tingvall
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030765057
ISBN (Print)9783030765040
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Barrier
  • Car occupant
  • Change of velocity
  • Road design
  • Road safety
  • Rural roads
  • Safe System
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Vulnerable road users

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