Thursday, 30 March 2017
Vision Impairment and Bollards
The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: Would the minister also be willing to look at issues that may arise surrounding bollards for people with vision impairment, such as the fact that they often blend into the surrounding area and are difficult to view?
The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): Yes, sure, no problem. I am happy to add that to the list when the appropriate inquiries are made. What I would say is that I think this government is pretty proud of its record when it comes to trying to facilitate the use of cycling within our community more generally. We have been a proactive government when it comes to facilitating bicycling in and around our regions and also our city as well. Cycling is a good, healthy alternative form of transport. It is one that, of course, results in zero carbon emissions, it contributes to an individual’s health and is something that we see a lot of value in.
Certainly, one program I have spent a bit of time familiarising myself with recently, and also advocating its further use, is the Way2Go program, which is all about encouraging young kids to ride to and from school and ensure that parents, schools and councils are working collaboratively to ensure that kids can ride to and from school in a way that is safe from a whole range of different risks. Again, we want to be encouraging people to use bikes and cycle, and I think we have a pretty good record when it comes to that exercise, but I am more than happy to seek further information regarding the Hon. Mr Parnell’s and Kelly Vincent’s inquiries.
Response given 02/08/17
In reply to the Hon. K.L. VINCENT (30 March 2017).
The Hon. P. MALINAUSKAS (Minister for Police, Minister for Correctional Services, Minister for Emergency Services, Minister for Road Safety): I am advised:
The Department for Planning Transport and Infrastructure ensure that all traffic control devices (including bollards that form part of traffic engineering projects developed by the department) are designed and installed in accordance with AUSTROADS, Guide to Road Design Part 6A—Pedestrians and Cyclist Paths. This national guide is quite specific in relation to the requirements of physical appearance and position of bollards.
Specifically, amongst other things, bollards are to be highly conspicuous creating contrast with surrounding environment by painting the device with white or yellow paint and applying reflective tape for detection at night. Pavement marking is to be installed to direct cyclists and pedestrians away from bollards.
The department’s traffic control approval systems ensures a rigorous process for approving traffic control devices, by recognised traffic engineering practitioners, as part of the delivery of their traffic engineering projects to ensure that the aforementioned guidelines are appropriately accommodated.
Notwithstanding the department’s current processes, I will ensure that the Local Government Association of South Australia is communicated with by the department to ensure that all South Australian councils are aware of the importance to install bollards in accordance with the aforementioned national guidelines.