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.”