Data

General Issues
Transportation
Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice & Corrections
Specific Topics
Highway Safety
Cycling
Roads and Highways
Location
Adelaide
South Australia
Australia
Scope of Influence
Regional
Files
Cycling Jury Final Report
Links
Summary of the process
Summary by democracyCo
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
37
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Recruit or select participants
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Sortition
Twitter Chat
Online Consultations
Q&A Session
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
New Media
Primary Organizer/Manager
democracyCo
Type of Organizer/Manager
Regional Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
Government of South Australia
Type of Funder
Regional Government
Staff
No
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in public policy
Implementers of Change
Elected Public Officials
Appointed Public Servants
Stakeholder Organizations
Formal Evaluation
Yes
Evaluation Report Documents
More Verdicts on the Jury Evaluation by TACSI
Evaluation Report Links
TACSI

CASE

South Australian Citizens' Jury on Sharing the Roads Safely

First Submitted By Lucy J Parry, Participedia Team

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General Issues
Transportation
Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice & Corrections
Specific Topics
Highway Safety
Cycling
Roads and Highways
Location
Adelaide
South Australia
Australia
Scope of Influence
Regional
Files
Cycling Jury Final Report
Links
Summary of the process
Summary by democracyCo
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
37
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Recruit or select participants
Facilitate decision-making
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Jury
Sortition
Twitter Chat
Online Consultations
Q&A Session
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Professional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
New Media
Primary Organizer/Manager
democracyCo
Type of Organizer/Manager
Regional Government
For-Profit Business
Funder
Government of South Australia
Type of Funder
Regional Government
Staff
No
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in public policy
Implementers of Change
Elected Public Officials
Appointed Public Servants
Stakeholder Organizations
Formal Evaluation
Yes
Evaluation Report Documents
More Verdicts on the Jury Evaluation by TACSI
Evaluation Report Links
TACSI

South Australia’s second citizens’ jury saw a group of 37 randomly-selected South Australians be tasked with finding innovative solutions as to what could be done to ensure that all road users would be able to share the roads safely.

Problems and Purpose

A citizen's jury was implemented in South Australia, charged with answering the following question, designed to result in deliberation on preventing accidents [1]:

"Motorists and cyclists will always be using our roads. What things could we trial to ensure they share the roads safely?"

Background History and Context 

South Australia has a strong culture of motoring. At the same time there is a growing number of people cycling. There are also increasing demands to be able to travel safely on roads, highlighted by recent accidents. The Jury was encouraged to consider new ways of sharing the roads safely.

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities 

The process was funded by the South Australian government as part of the YourSAy programme.

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Participants for the jury were chosen through a method of random selection drawn from 6,000 South Australian citizens [2]. The selection process was carried out by newDemocracy Foundation, an independent research organisation. The sample was stratified to ensure that the jury was diverse and representative of the wider community.

Methods and Tools Used

This initiative used a citizens' jury, broadly defined as a small group of randomly-selected individuals who come together to deliberate on an issue after hearing from experts in order to provide recommendations on future action for decision-makers [3] . The deliberative democratic process is intended to result in consensus.

Twitter Chat

Online Consultations

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

The jury made use of a variety of methods to build up their knowledge base on the topic [2]. This included:

  • Formal presentations & Q&A scheduled with the Jury
  • Submissions which were lodged through the YourSay website
  • Online forums: both formal, and informal
  • Networking with their own communities of interest
  • Live Twitter Chat on Day 4 of their deliberations
  • Conducting their own research, observations and reflections
  • Use of their own, private online Jury forum
  • Group work in Jury deliberation sessions

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

The jury produced a final report to the government at the end of 2014 with a detailed raft of recommendations to improve road safety and sharing. The government response to the jury recommendations was released in January 2015 and out of 21 individual recommendations, the government supported 18 of these [4].

As a result of the jury recommendations, new cycling laws have been introduced in South Australia. Citizens also had the opportunity to comment on the proposed laws.

As of January 2016, 13 out of 21 recommendations from the jury have been achieved. A further six are in progress and two have been delayed or are under review. In June 2015 the state government also announced its intention to invest $6.5 million in bike boulevards and greenways. 

Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

Citizens' Jury 

Citizens' Jury on Dog and Cat Management in South Australia 

YourSAy 

References

[1] YourSAy (2015). Sharing the roads safely. Retrieved from https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/sharing-our-roads-safely/outcome

[2] YourSAy (2015). Sharing the roads safely: Outcome. Retrieved from https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/sharing-our-roads-safely/about

External Links

http://www.newdemocracy.com.au/

http://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/sharing-our-roads-safely/about

https://web.archive.org/web/20190228145451/https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/new-cycling-laws/about

Citizens’ jury inspires South Australia to become more bike friendly 

Citizens’ Jury verdict rules cyclists be allowed to ride on footpaths when there is no safe alternative 

Citizens' jury to look at how cyclists, motorists can share roads safely 

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