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Victory declared over the Holt raceway

By johnboy - 30 August 2012 37

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Chief Minister Gallagher has proudly announced success in calming the West Belconnen leadfeet of Spofforth Street (How you could name a street after Fred “The Demon Bowler” Spofforth and not expect people to try and go fast is a mystery).

“The Spofforth Street traffic calming measures were introduced following complaints by residents about speeding on the street, which the ACT government acted upon,” the Chief Minister said.

“Roads ACT conducted a detailed investigation into traffic conditions which found a number of safety issues caused by high speeds, especially for residents entering and exiting their residences. The investigation showed 15 percent of cars travelling down the 50km/h sign posted street were travelling over 76km/h.

“In December 2011, 13 sets of speed cushions were installed to improve road safety, reduce vehicle speeds and reduce traffic volumes along Spofforth Street between Drake Brockman Drive and Southern Cross Drive.

“At my request, the ACT Government commenced a review of the safety measures in May that were put in place and sought community comment on the effectiveness of the speed cushions.

“The feedback from the community found a majority supported the scheme. Some improvements were also identified, such as removing two sets of speed cushions as well as resizing or repositioning the speed cushions so that larger vehicles cannot straddle and speed over them, while also ensuring ACTION buses will still be able to straddle the speed cushions. The removed speed cushions can be reused in future road safety projects.


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Victory declared over the Holt raceway
smont 7:47 pm 30 Aug 12

A comment from ‘the other’ perspective. As somebody who lives on one of those 60km/h residential streets that also happens to be an arterial running through a Weston Creek suburb, I’d estimate that well over 30-40 per cent of cars travel over 70km/h; and a good chunk of them up around 75-80km/h. I find that pretty bloody selfish and self-centred that safety of me, my family and my neighbours is somehow less important than you getting home 30 seconds quicker. And police enforcement of speed limits? In Weston Creek? What a joke! So before you go mouthing off about ‘speed calming’ measures such as these ladies and gents, pause for a second and think about why they have been introduced before giving me your coffee-spilling sob stories.

Skidd Marx 3:50 pm 30 Aug 12

I made the mistake of driving the length of this street the other day with a takeaway coffee in my hand. At the max allowable speed of 25 kph or so I thought it would never end. Needless to say the coffee cup was empty by the end of it without a single drop having graced my tongue.

Everyone loses with speedhumps… sorry – speedcushions.

PBO 3:40 pm 30 Aug 12

buzz819 said :

johnboy said :

speed cushions bolt into the road to much easier to move around as needed rather than poured concrete

Ahh the ones that a normal sedan can fit over without slowing down… I see…

If you line yourself up on the “cushion” with the second white line in from the right , you can absolutley hammer over them. Just saying…….

buzz819 3:26 pm 30 Aug 12

johnboy said :

speed cushions bolt into the road to much easier to move around as needed rather than poured concrete

Ahh the ones that a normal sedan can fit over without slowing down… I see…

thatsnotme 3:03 pm 30 Aug 12

I’m sure this ‘community comment’ was set up to achieve the answer they wanted, just like the first time around.

I responded to their call for comments, after purely by accident noticing it on the TAMS website. I’m sure the people living along Spofforth would have been all directly invited to comment though – much like the consultation the preceded the installation of these ‘calming’ measures in the first place.

I’m also sure that the people living along Southern Cross Drive, Trickett St / Beaurepaire Cres, and Macnaughton St / Starke St who now have to live with increased traffic as people avoid the mess that Spofforth St has become wouldn’t have been afforded the same personalised invitation.

So give yourself a pat on the back Katie – your community consultation facade ended up with exactly the answer you were after.

DrKoresh 2:48 pm 30 Aug 12

shirty_bear said :

I find it amusing that, when ACTGovCo hits a scenario where they actually want to slow traffic down, they don’t use speed cameras.

No, not amusing … the other thing. Galling. And infuriating.

Straight up, this is their concession that cameras are no deterrent to speeding. Seems no-one’s actually called them on it, though.

I think it’s more likely to be that the govt. want to take preventative measures rather than punitive measures in residential areas. I mean, you’d still get people complaining if they put speed cameras in. “Oh it’s just revenue raising they don’t care about safety blahblahblah”

i think they should split the difference and put both speed cameras and traffic calming measures in.

p.s- I just now thought that maybe this area experiences a lot of hooning in the form of joy-riding, and a speed camera is not much use if the car being driven is stolen.

nsn 2:34 pm 30 Aug 12

shirty_bear said :

I find it amusing that, when ACTGovCo hits a scenario where they actually want to slow traffic down, they don’t use speed cameras.

No, not amusing … the other thing. Galling. And infuriating.

Straight up, this is their concession that cameras are no deterrent to speeding. Seems no-one’s actually called them on it, though.

Well, yes, I would say that speed cushions would probably be more effective at reducing speeding on Tuggeranong Parkway than the fixed speed cameras on that road. But arguably there are some subtle differences between the Tuggeranong Parkway and Spofforth St in Holt that mean different solutions might be called for in the different circumstances…?

But then, it’s probably not worth bothering to reply to someone who thinks that using the term “ACTGovCo” bolsters their point…

Ex Warrior 2:22 pm 30 Aug 12

PBO said :

I propose sounding car horns when driving all the way down that patch to celebrate Katies and Waynes success.

I 2nd this. Im off to the Golfie for a meeting this arvo so there and back I’ll let em know.

Keijidosha 2:22 pm 30 Aug 12

PBO said :

I propose sounding car horns when driving all the way down that patch to celebrate Katies and Waynes success.

To maximise your display of appreciation, install a set of ‘Dixie’ air horns and approach the speed cushions with the fervour of the Duke boys.

shirty_bear 2:20 pm 30 Aug 12

I find it amusing that, when ACTGovCo hits a scenario where they actually want to slow traffic down, they don’t use speed cameras.

No, not amusing … the other thing. Galling. And infuriating.

Straight up, this is their concession that cameras are no deterrent to speeding. Seems no-one’s actually called them on it, though.

p1 1:51 pm 30 Aug 12

PBO said :

I propose sounding car horns when driving all the way down that patch to celebrate Katies and Waynes success.

I’ll be sure to do that while weaving between the traffic cushions at high speed on my motorbike.

PBO 1:40 pm 30 Aug 12

I propose sounding car horns when driving all the way down that patch to celebrate Katies and Waynes success.

Ex Warrior 1:17 pm 30 Aug 12

While at the same time forcing hundreds more cars and trucks onto a much narrower laned road with busier intersections and many more driveways on both sides of the road.Very stupid decision to say the least.

But we have looked after our mate Wayne yeh…..

johnboy 12:57 pm 30 Aug 12

speed cushions bolt into the road to much easier to move around as needed rather than poured concrete

buzz819 12:51 pm 30 Aug 12

Are speed cushions like speed bumps?

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