Share the Space

Posted on: Tuesday, 8 August 2017 at 3:52:34 PM

08/08/2017 EMRC Launch the "Share the Space" campaign

The EMRC and its member Councils in partnership with the Town of Cambridge, City of Cockburn and City of Vincent have launched a campaign to encourage predictable and courteous behaviours and discourage distractions whilst walking, cycling and driving on our roads, shared paths, trails and footpaths.

EMRC CEO, Mr Peter Schneider, said that the "Share the Space" campaign identifies behaviours that can help reduce conflict and safety issues.

"When we interact in shared spaces, particularly when we are using different transport modes, we can misunderstand the good intentions of others, or demonstrate behaviour that causes confusion or frustration. The purpose of the campaign is to start a conversation about behaviours that could help us all share the space" he said.

The campaign is primarily delivered through three short videos, showing different scenarios where grey areas of the road rules and footpath etiquette can impact on the enjoyment and safety of others. The star of the campaign, Stevie, is your typical member of the community who enjoys walking, cycling and driving in Perth.

"Most of the time Stevie does the right thing, but sometimes needs some help sharing the space. Whether running late and trying to eat breakfast on the go, or rushing to pass groups of people, there are some simple tips to help Stevie look out for others" Mr Schneider said.

The "Share the Space" campaign has been developed in consultation with the EMRC's member Councils: Town of Bassendean, City of Belmont, City of Bayswater City of Kalamunda, Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan; and other key partners: the Town of Cambridge, City of Cockburn and City of Vincent, Bicycling WA, West Cycle and the EMRC's Regional Integrated Transport Strategy Implementation Advisory Group.

"The provision of a safe, efficient and effective transport network in Perth's Eastern Region, where all road, public transport and active transport users feel safe and not exposed to harm when utilising or interacting with the network, is a priority for the EMRC" Mr Schneider said.

Share the Space

Share the Space

To encourage predictable and courteous behaviours and discourage distractions while walking, cycling and driving on our roads, shared paths, trails and footpaths, we are urging you to Share the Space.

The Share the Space campaign shows Stevie, who represents a typical member of the community who most of the time does the right thing. But sometimes Stevie needs a little help sharing the space. Three short videos show Stevie in different scenarios that we all have experienced from time to time and identifies behaviours that can help reduce conflicts and safety issues, including: 

  • Ringing your bicycle's bell when overtaking pedestrians
  • Walking on the left hand side of shared paths and trails
  • Turning on your lights at night, in dim lighting and fog
  • Giving way to pedestrians when turning at "parallel crossings"
     
  • Avoiding being distracted while driving
  • Avoiding using mobile phones while walking near roads
  • Avoiding using headphones while walking or cycling
  • Paying attention when backing out of driveways
     
  • Walking your dog on a short lead and on the left hand side of busy shared paths and trails
  • Allowing plenty of room when overtaking cyclists
  • Cyclists slowing down on busy shared paths and trails
  • Cyclists moving to single file to allow other road users to overtake, when it is safe to do so.

 Visit  www.sharethespace.com.au to view the videos

Avoid Distractions            Being Courteous              Being Predictable

To help us all enjoy walking, cycling and driving in Perth, we encourage you to talk about these road rules and footpath etiquette and help us all share the space.

This campaign is brought to you by the EMRC and its member Councils in partnership with the Town of Cambridge, City of Cockburn and City of Vincent.

Other tips to Share the Space

WestCycle, the peak body for cycling and bicycle riding in Western Australia, have produced  series of Best Practice Guides to Cycling.

The Best Practice Guides do not outline road rules - they communicate principles that you won't find in a rulebook and it is hoped that they are widely adopted within the cycling community.

Read the Best Practice Guides at: http://westcycle.org.au/news/168-best-practice-guides-to-cycling 

For further information go to : http://www.emrc.org.au/2017-share-the-space-html.html

 

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