Victoria trials LED tactile paving, glow-in-the-dark line marking to boost road safety

The level crossing at Gap Road, Sunbury.

The Australian and Victorian governments are trialling innovative new technologies to help reduce death and injury on regional roads in Victoria.

In a state first, LED tactile pavings will be installed this month at pedestrian crossings in both Bendigo and Trafalgar.

Glow-in-the-dark (photo-luminescent) line markings or signage is being trialled on roads in the east, south west and north of the state, and on a shared user path in Bendigo, from September. It looks and functions like ordinary line marking in daylight but emits stored light enhancing its visibility to road users when dark.

High reflectivity paint, which stays brighter for longer and is more durable, is being trialled on roads in Gippsland and the south west of the state to test its long-term effectiveness.

The trial is part of the Victorian Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2021–2030, where the state is aiming towards achieving vision zero – that is zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads by 2050.

“We’re investing in better and safer infrastructure which includes looking at new and innovative ways to create a safer road environment for motorists and for overrepresented groups including pedestrians,” Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said.

The innovative technologies will support the state achieving ‘vision zero’, a target for reducing deaths or serious injuries to zero on Victorian roads by 2050.

Other initiatives such as the Black Spot Program, Targeted Road Safety Works initiative and Road Safety Innovation Fund will also receive further investment from the Victorian Government.

The Federal Government has committed $3 billion for the nationwide Road Safety Program. For more information go to the Road Safety Program Innovative Package page on Regional Roads Victoria website.

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