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The Great Civic 40 Zone unveiled!

By johnboy - 24 April 2013 72

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Shane Rattenbury has announced the works he’s been up to rolling out expanded 40 zones in the town centres:

Work to improve safety in the Belconnen, Civic and Tuggeranong town centres has started as the Government moves to introduc 40 kilometre per hour speed limit precincts, Minister for introduce Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.

“Following community and stakeholder consultation and success of reduced speed limits in Gungahlin and Woden, 40 km/h areas will be introduced in the Belconnen, Civic and introduced Tuggeranong town centres,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Research indicates that a 40 km/h speed area can significantly reduce the risk of death for pedestrians and cyclists if there is a collision. For example, a 10 km/h decrease in speed from 50 km/h to 40 km/h can reduce the risk of death by over 50 percent.

“Slower speed environments are an important part of making our town centres safe for safer everyone to walk and cycle, and will have a minimal impact on drivers.

“At the same time they will encourage more people to walk and cycle which will help make me Canberra a more sustainable and active city.

“We’ve identified precincts in each of these three town centres where there is a high level of pedestrian movement and a minimum of 400 metres of retail and commercial development.

“This week, work will commence in these precincts to install traffic calming devices, such as speed cushions, in preparation for the reduced speed limit.”

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The Great Civic 40 Zone unveiled!
KB1971 12:51 pm 24 Apr 13

kea said :

Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the last hit and run on Northbourne ave closer to the Dickson end?

Last one I remember was on the corner of Northbourne & Alinga. An aged gentleman was killed crossing the road.

KB1971 12:47 pm 24 Apr 13

c_c™ said :

Predictable and unwarranted indignation in three, two, one…

Bahahahahaha

Thumper 12:39 pm 24 Apr 13

Does anyone lese see this as part of a Rattenbury plan to one day completely ban motor vehicles from city centres?

Marcus Clarke Street?

tim_c 12:34 pm 24 Apr 13

Perhaps Sgt Bungers can advise here, but what happens once you’re in the 40 km/h precinct, and then you turn a corner onto a different road? Is the speed limit 50 km/h (default, unless signposted otherwise) until you pass another sign indicating otherwise? Or does this introduce a further tier of speed limit where it’s 40km/h “unless signposted otherwise” within the precinct?

poptop 11:58 am 24 Apr 13

Re Tuggeranong – I am delighted at the new 40km envelope. It has cunningly excluded the roads that
– Lake Tuggeranong students,
– FaHCSIA staff,
– people exiting the Vikings or Southern Cross Club, and
– befuddled tourists searching for coffee
need to cross in order to access the Hyperdome.

Anyone that can achieve a decent speed in the block immediately surrounding the Hyperdome is doing something wrong – or possibly right.

If they want to save people from vehicle based death around the Hyperdome, they would do a lot better removing the covered cafe seating that blocks visibility at the pedestrian crossing at the main entrance (or put in some mechanism to prevent the nimbler pedestrians from bounding out from behind those structures).

HiddenDragon 11:47 am 24 Apr 13

Here is a (preliminary) artist’s impression of Canberra’s town centres circa 2016; the final version will have green flag carriers for cars and cycles, and pedestrians will be licensed, microchipped and required to wear luminescent visibility gear at all times:

http://www.businesscloud9.com/sites/default/files/styles/620×325/public/images/redflag%20act.jpeg

Postalgeek 11:45 am 24 Apr 13

magiccar9 said :

What is the problem is the whinging, children hugging numpties that need to take some responsibility for their own actions and the actions of their out-of-control kids. If you step out onto the road without looking then you should expect to be hit, you’re choosing to engage yourself in an unsafe manner. The pedestrian and cycle groups need to be grateful that they have paths and safe ways to already cross roads instead of always wanting more.
Rant over.

Remind me not to brake should you ever step in front of my car.

kea 11:26 am 24 Apr 13

Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the last hit and run on Northbourne ave closer to the Dickson end?

magiccar9 11:17 am 24 Apr 13

What a load of s**t!
Obviously Rattenbury hasn’t been to the Tuggeranong ‘precinct’. The areas identified for speed humps are in areas where high speed isn’t achievable eg. Pittman St has about 100m between traffic lights.
Anketel St isn’t wide enough to open a car door while traffic is coming past, so why does he think increasing cycle activity is a smart idea? Unless he wants to widen the road to accommodate the cyclists. Add the fact that the concrete island is huge and there is a pedestrian crossing – how much safer does it need to be?
Danger to pedestrians and cyclists isn’t the problem in Tuggeranong – we have lived in harmony for all the years so far, what’s changed? I’m yet to see ‘hoons’ raging through the area at excessive speeds in peak hours. I’m yet to see anyone die in the area as a result of unsafe speeds. So where’s the justification?
What is the problem is the whinging, children hugging numpties that need to take some responsibility for their own actions and the actions of their out-of-control kids. If you step out onto the road without looking then you should expect to be hit, you’re choosing to engage yourself in an unsafe manner. The pedestrian and cycle groups need to be grateful that they have paths and safe ways to already cross roads instead of always wanting more.
Rant over.

Innovation 11:01 am 24 Apr 13

Don’t agree with the speed cushions … yet. They could have extended to 40 zones to other areas easily. Even Northbourne (between London Circuit and Barry Drive) is hard to get to much over 40.

And Bunda St should be a one way single lane shared zone. 40 is too fast.

DrKoresh 10:48 am 24 Apr 13

I’m glad to see Bunda street is getting them, it’s baffling to see cars driving along that road when there’s all the pedestrians and zebra crossings.

Watson 10:37 am 24 Apr 13

I think 40’s a good idea in those zones. But they might also want to think about adding a few more pedestrian lights. It can be pretty tricky to negotiate those crossings between parts of shopping centres by car in some of those town centres. And sometimes it is hard to avoid those streets if you’re getting to the carpark.

thebrownstreak69 10:32 am 24 Apr 13

I agree with all but the speed cushions.

tim_c 10:25 am 24 Apr 13

You’d be doing well to go above 40km/h between traffic lights, congestion etc. on most of those streets anyway (except perhaps for Marcus Clarke St and Benjamin Way).

But what’s with all the spine-jarring lethal-when-wet speed cushions?! Is that going to be Shane Rattenbury’s trademark/legacy left for subsequent generations of Canberrans to suffer – I thought he was supposed to be a Green, shouldn’t he be trying to improve efficiency rather than throw it out the window?

c_c™ 9:51 am 24 Apr 13

Predictable and unwarranted indignation in three, two, one…

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