ARRB in vulnerable road user initiative


Workshops to increase heavy vehicle driver awareness of pedestrians and bike users

ARRB in vulnerable road user initiative
Heavy vehicle drivers learning the correct way to wear a helmet during the practical portion of the workshop

 

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) has linked with national cycling safety charity Amy Gillett Foundation to develop a training program designed to increase truck driver awareness of vulnerable road users, including cyclists.

The training program has been developed by the Amy Gillett Foundation for Rail Projects Victoria with ARRB as the delivery partner, alongside AustCycle trained coaches.

The program was created in consultation with the heavy vehicle industry, road safety experts and vulnerable road user groups, ARRB says.

Once finalised, the training program will be delivered to heavy vehicle drivers involved in major rail and road infrastructure projects in Victoria, including the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project and the Westgate Tunnel Project.

The program comprises:

  • Online module – featuring interactive quizzes on four main topics
  • In class – in-depth discussion covering topics introduced in the online module
  • Practical on-bike and on-foot – this session allows heavy vehicle drivers to step into the shoes of a vulnerable road user to help them understand the challenges of sharing the roads with heavy vehicles.

A pilot of the program took place in September 2018 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

The workshops are due to kick off at the beginning of 2019.

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