The ACT Government never met a trial it didn’t like.
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today announced that the 40 kilometre per hour (km/h) speed limit will be retained in Woden and Gungahlin town centres following the six-month trial which has proven successful and supported by the public.
“The consultation, which included an online survey as well as feedback from shoppers and traders, indicated that three-quarters of the community (74% per cent for Woden and 78% per cent for Gungahlin) supported the reduced speed limit on a permanent basis,” the Chief Minister said.
“Traffic studies in the various streets of the town centres covered by the trial found that average travelling speeds are now at or below 40 km/. Significant speed reductions of up to 10 km/h in Woden and 16 km/h in Gungahlin were achieved in locations where traffic calming measures, such as speed humps, were implemented. This is a significant improvement to cyclist and pedestrian safety.
“There was general acceptance of the boundaries of the trial areas and of the speed limit being reduced 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Some people have asked for the boundaries of the trial to be extended which is something the ACT Government will consider.
Having bedded down these changes Civic, Belconnen and Tuggeranong town centres are now on the table.