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An evaluation framework for pedestrian safety in Victoria
Walking is undergoing a marked revival; urban living, health considerations and the need for sustainable transport are key reasons. However, more walking can mean increases in severe trauma. This paper describes a practical, scientifically-based evaluation framework to assess a program of thirty projects designed for Safe System performance. Victoria’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program includes $100 million for a variety of pedestrian (and cyclist) safety measures, only some of which have been reliably evaluated. Given the program’s financial and geographic scale, early, comprehensive indications of effectiveness of individual treatments and of combinations of treatments will enhance future targeting of investment.