Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Towards a holistic framework for road safety in Australia

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Current road safety programs and thinking in Australia are constructed within a paradigm that tends to accept existing cultural arrangements. Such programs therefore, favour symptomatic solutions and technical and/or physical solutions as a way forward. Fundamental redesign of cultural arrangements is necessary in order to challenge the "culture of speed". Our research is developing a holistic, social ecological model for reconnecting road safety with communities that value quality of life and slower ways of being. Improving road safety through reduction in the volume and speed of motorised traffic is integrally related to enhancing health and fitness, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving neighbourhood planning and community cohesion. In this regard, community-based travel behaviour change initiatives are deserving of much greater attention in the road safety area. As well as these changes at the personal and community scale, policy changes to urban and transport planning that address the broader issues of sustainability in an era of climate change and peak oil can also be linked to improvements in road safety.

Author Affiliation:

(a) School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

(b) School of Business, University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Source Citation:May, Murray, Paul J. Tranter, and James R. Warn. "Towards a holistic framework for road safety in Australia.(Report)." Journal of Transport Geography 16.6 (Nov 2008): 395(11). Academic OneFile. Gale. Alachua County Library District. 1 Sept. 2009

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