A trial of 40km/h speed zones in two busy town centres will commence in early 2011 in an effort to make Canberra’s streets safer and reduce the risk of road deaths, Chief Minister and Minster for Transport, Jon Stanhope, said today.
The Government has engaged GTA Consultants to design a trial of 40km/h speed zones in town centres in Gungahlin and Woden. The design will define the length of the trial and speed limit boundaries, hours of operation, and any necessary traffic calming measures.
Mr Stanhope said community consultation would be integral to the trial.
“This trial will provide an opportunity to analyse speed data and feedback from the community to determine how reduced speed limits might be applied to other areas in the ACT,” Mr Stanhope said. “Discussions will be held with the community and traders within the pilot precinct before the designs are finalised and any works are undertaken.
“The Government doesn’t intend to introduce 40 km/h speed zones in every shopping centre in the ACT. But we are looking at areas where it is reasonable to expect drivers to slow down because of the high number of pedestrians and cyclists.”
The dismal failure of vision zero can apparently still be used to justify this move.
UPDATE: The Greens Caroline Le Couteur is claiming credit for this move:
the ACT Greens’ Parliamentary Agreement with the ALP will bring safer and more vibrant Canberra town centres to Canberra, after the Government announced it would trial 40km/h speed zones in the busy town centres of Woden and Gungahlin.
The trials stem from an item in the Greens’ Parliamentary Agreement with the ALP, and campaigning from the Greens throughout 2010-11.
“We’ve been pushing for this in Canberra for a couple of years now, and it will bring many positive benefits to Canberra. It was in our Parliamentary Agreement and also a recommendation in the Active Transport Plan I released early this year”.