Great Ocean Road to get $2m upgrade
CLAY LUCAS (The Age)
August 31, 2009
Almost $2 million will be spent upgrading the Great Ocean Road to make it safer for motorcyclists, under a new Government safety strategy launched today.
Motorcycles and scooters make up only 3 per cent of all registered road vehicles but account for 13 per cent of all road fatalities and serious injuries.
At the launch of the new motorcycle safety and transport plan this morning, Roads Minister Tim Pallas said motorbike riders and their passengers were some of the most vulnerable people on Victoria's roads.
"More needs to be done to improve this," Mr Pallas said.
Victoria has done well in recent years to reduce the number of motorcyclists injured; since the last motorcycle safety strategy was launched in 2002, the number of motorcycles and scooters on the state's roads has increased by 41 per cent.
But, Mr Pallas said, over the same period motorcycle rider and passenger deaths had fallen in Victoria by an average of 20 per cent.
As part of a $6.3 million "black spot" strategy to target specific roads where motorcyclists ride, VicRoads has identified 11 spots around the state in need of upgrading to protect riders.
They include the Great Ocean Road, the Dargo Road in East Gippsland, the Midland Highway, Swan Street in Richmond, St Georges Road in Northcote and Fitzroy, Power Street in the CBD, Mount Baw Baw Road, Flowerdale Road in Broadford and the Pyrenees Highway. Upgrades in most of these locations include more safety signage, line-marking, reflective guideposts and installing protection on guard fence barriers.
The chairman of the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council, Neil O'Keefe, said more people were choosing motorcycles and scooters to commuting and for recreational motoring every day.