The message to be alert and safe around light rail is still to get through to some Canberrans if a new near-misses video showing drivers, cyclists and pedestrians taking shocking risks is anything to go by.
Transport Minister Chris Steel has posted a new dash-cam video compiled by Transport Canberra on Facebook of recent incidents drivers have witnessed or had to contend with.
One scene shows a young cyclist trying to cut across the corridor crashing onto the tracks in the path of an oncoming light rail vehicle. Another has a woman with her head turned away stepping across the tracks without looking.
One car actually turns into the light rail corridor in the city before realising it is not the roadway, while a taxi turns across the tracks in front of a light rail vehicle.
Then there is the person pushing a pram down the middle of Northbourne Avenue between the tracks. Someone on a bicycle also rides in a cavalier fashion down Northbourne between the tracks.
More near misses! ? Safety around light rail is everyone's responsibility. We don't want to see you on the next near misses compilation video. Pay attention around light rail #Canberra ? https://cmet.com.au/safety/
Posted by Chris Steel MLA on Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Children can be seen dashing across the tracks in Gungahlin in front of the light rail vehicle, needing only to slip for a tragedy to occur.
Mr Steel said rail safety was everyone’s responsibility.
“If you are a pedestrian, follow the signals and look in both directions before crossing light rail tracks because the light rail vehicles could be coming from either direction at any time,” he said.
“If you are driving around light rail follow the traffic signals and don’t stop across the track, or drive along the tracks.
“We don’t want to see you on the next near misses compilation video.”
For light rail safety tips visit CMET.