Roadside hazards pose a major risk to the occupants of vehicles which run off the road. Providing forgiving roadsides is one of the aims of the Safe System vision.
In February Austroads finalised a four year project to investigate the key elements required to provide more forgiving roadsides.
The investigations included the role of different clear zone widths in controlling the likelihood and severity of run-off-road casualty crashes, making roadside structures more forgiving (e.g. frangible poles), and more effective selection and placement of safety barriers. The project also included an investigation of safety barriers/attenuators to improve motorcycle and heavy vehicle safety.
The key outcome of the project is a proposed roadside safety management framework focussing on minimising fatal and serious injuries arising from run-off-road crashes.
The project produced five reports:
Improving Roadside Safety: Summary Report (2014)
Improving Roadside Safety: Stage 4 Interim Report (2014)
Improving Roadside Safety: Stage 3 Interim Report (2012)
Improving Roadside Safety: Stage 2 Interim Report (2011)
Improving Roadside Safety (2010)