ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher, today invited the public to have their say on the proposed boundaries for new 40km/h speed limit precincts in Civic, Belconnen and Tuggeranong.
"Following the successful introduction of the reduced 40 km/h speed limit in Gungahlin and Woden earlier this year, the ACT Government is now introducing similar measures into precincts in Civic and the Belconnen and Tuggeranong town centres, to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users," the Chief Minister said.
"We are now seeking community and business input into the proposed boundaries of these reduced speed limit precincts.
"Reducing speed limits is important where there is a concentrated mix of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Research indicates that the introduction of a 40km/h speed limit can significantly reduce the risk of death for vulnerable road users. For example, a 10km/h decrease in speed can reduce the risk of death for pedestrians and cyclists by over 50 percent.
"Depending on the feedback received through the consultation process it is expected that the new speed limit could be in place by December 2012," the Chief Minister said.
Precincts have been identified in Civic and the town centres where there is a high level of pedestrian movement and where there are roads with a minimum of 400 metres of retail and commercial development located along them.
Traffic studies in the various streets of the Gungahlin and Woden town centres covered by the reduced speed limit found that average travelling speeds are now at or below 40 km/h. 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 cushions, were implemented.
"An evaluation of the speed limit reductions in the Gungahlin and Woden town centres found significant improvements to cyclist and pedestrian safety with the introduction of the 40km/h speed limit and community support for the speed limit," the Chief Minister concluded.
For more information, including maps of the proposed boundaries, please visit www.timetotalk.act.gov.au
Consultation will be open until 21 September 2012.
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