The Canberra Times reports that yet another pedestrian has been injured at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue with Rudd and Bunda Streets. In 2014 a pedestrian was hit at the same intersection and another pedestrian was hit between Rudd Street and Barry Drive. In 2013 and 2014 there were ten vehicle collisions at this intersection, and another thirty-seven collisions within a block.
This intersection is adjacent to the planned light rail terminus. It is also Northbourne Avenue’s most congested intersection. Morning peak traffic banks up from this intersection for more than a kilometre, to the intersection of Northbourne Avenue with Condamine and Ipima Streets.
Until 2011 the poor design of this intersection caused completely unnecessary delays of up to two minutes, for pedestrians walking along Northbourne Avenue. Even now it can take three minutes of waiting, to spend just 45 seconds walking across the road. These delays have resulted in many pedestrians proceeding against red signals rather than waiting for green.
The speed limit at this intersection remains at 60 km/h, even though it is an area of high pedestrian activity, in the middle of Canberra’s busiest shopping area.