New signs improve safety on Midwest roads
31 Mar 2017
The Road Safety Commission has welcomed a new road safety initiative in the state’s Midwest, designed to encourage drivers and cyclists to safely share the roads.
The City of Greater Geraldton has begun installation of 16 ‘Share the Road’ roadside signs to provide drivers with a warning that cyclists may be using the roads in the area.
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said the signs will be erected on Moonyoonooka-Narra Tarra Road, Moonyoonooka-Narngula Road, and Rudds Gully Road.
“The City of Greater Geraldton has recognised that these roads are popular with cyclists in the area,” said Mr Papalia.
Whether we’re driving a car or a truck, riding a motorcycle or bicycle, we need to be aware of our surroundings and share the roads in a safe and courteous manner, and this initiative provides that reminder for all road users.
The ‘Share the Road’ signs will be rolled out in other locations around the state.
The Road Safety Commission will now develop trials of new technology to WA, in the form of cyclist activated electronic warning signs.
‘This is exciting technology we want installed in Western Australia in time for harvest this year,” said Mr Papalia.
The electronic flashing warning signs are activated and switched off by cyclists as they ride along specific roads, warning truck drivers and other motorists that they are in the area.
The ‘Share the Road’ program has been supported by the Road Safety Commission using funds from the Road Trauma Trust Account.