Cyclists narrowly avoid being hit, a taxi mere centimetres from crashing, vehicles stopping mid-track and an elderly gentleman falling in front of a light rail vehicle are just some of the near misses on the light rail corridor as Canberra prepares to hail its first-ever Rail Safety Week.
With Rail Safety Week just around the bend (12-18 August), the ACT Government has released an updated video of Canberra’s near misses with the LRV, as pedestrians and motorists narrowly avoid being hit by Canberra’s latest public transport vehicles.
The footage captured via dashcam on board the LRVs shows around two dozen near misses, with some people lucky not to be seriously injured.
The footage shows pedestrians walking in front of the LRV, people riding scooters and bikes just stopping in time, with one young bicycle rider crossing the tracks in front of two oncoming vehicles.
In a heart-stopping incident, an elderly gentleman trips and falls onto the tracks as a vehicle pulls into the Alinga Street station, narrowly avoiding the man.
A fellow patron manages to help the man get back to his feet and off the tracks, with the time stamp on the video showing the near-miss occurred around 1:10 pm on 18 May.
There has only been one reported car and light rail collision since the service launched.
Transport Minister Chris Steel urged Canberrans to be aware when they’re driving or walking around the light rail tracks.
“Pedestrians need to stay alert and always look both ways before crossing at intersections and crossings. Light rail vehicles can approach from either direction and at any time,” Mr Steel said.
“Motorists should follow traffic signals and make sure not to queue across the tracks at any time.”
Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury highlighted the severity of potentially being hit by a light rail vehicle.
“With each light rail weighing around 40 tonnes, it’d be like getting hit with six elephants at once,” Mr Rattenbury said. “Please take care around our big, red light rail vehicles, Canberra!”