Simon Corbell has announced the rollout of 40km/h zones in the Woden and Gungahlin town centres:
The 40km/h trial will run from August 2011 to January 2012 and operate on a full time basis (24 hours a day, seven days a week).
“The safety of pedestrians and all road users is important and this six month trial will provide the government with a great snapshot of how the 40km/h speed limit can better protect Canberrans in town centres,” Mr Corbell said.
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“Implementing safer speed limits in areas of high pedestrian and cycling activity is a proven road safety measure, as identified in the National Road Safety Strategy and the ACT Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan.
“The ACT government has been investigating the option of introducing 40km/h areas around shopping centres where there are high levels of pedestrian and cyclist movement following community consultation that occurred in 2009.
“Research indicated that the introduction of a 40km/h speed zone can significantly reduce the risk of death for vulnerable road users. For example, a 10km/h decrease in speed can reduce the risk of death for pedestrians and cyclists by over 50 percent.”
The 40km/h speed limit will be applied to the core retail areas of the Woden and Gungahlin Town Centres.
Mr Corbell said traffic calming measures such as speed humps will be installed as part of the trial and signage will be erected to alert people to changed traffic conditions.
Simon promises there will be an evaluation and consultation on the results of the “trial” but anyone who remembers how 50 zones were rolled out will be taking the evaluation to be more about tweaking the boundaries than the concept, and how far to go in the other town centres.
UPDATE: Above is the proposed Gungahlin 40 zone and this is the Woden one: