Professor Fred Wegman, a road safety expert from The Netherlands, is in SA for ten weeks as ‘thinker in residence’ to support the development of a national and now SA Road Safety Strategy (2011 – 2020). This is an opportunity for cyclists to lobby for improved road safety.
At a meeting on 13-May-2010, Heather asked the second public question and the first of questions by three cyclists. The following is the gist of it.
Heather, coordinator of Prospect Bicycle User Group. PLEASE do something for the safety of vulnerable road users who choose to use sustainable transport of the bicycle. My local council is trying to persuade Transport to change Prospect Road that involves overlooking the Cycling Strategy of SA and several State and Federal Government documents, like removing bicycle lanes.
Prof Wegman replied that he comes from a cycling country and will look at safety / promoting cycling.
The audience clapped. It was the only Q & A that elicited audience clapping.
Partners in the residency: Department of the Premier & Cabinet, Department of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure, Department of Education & Children’s Services, Motor Accident Commission, SAPOL, RAA, The City of Unley, Flinders University, University of Adelaide, University of SA. Included the Government of South Australia emblem.