Excessive speed takes its toll in Narrabundah

Concern is growing that it is just a matter of time before a child is killed in Narrabundah as a result of excessive speed on the roads.

After the motoring chaos in 2020, the ACT Government is worried. Road congestion decreased in Covid 2020. Surprisingly, this has resulted in increased speeding on Canberra’s roads. Despite the return of the traffic, we do not seem to have slowed down.

The ACT Government has a new advertising campaign targeting speeding (see I thought going a little over was OK… (facebook.com)). This not surprising considering a recent article in The Riot ACT defending driving faster than the speed limit. The speed limit is the maximum speed permitted, but some see it as the minimum.

Last week canberra.bike discussed the threat to the children of Narrabundah, where peafowl are being motored down at regular intervals by speeding motorists close to a primary school. It is only a matter a time before a child falls victim to a careless motorist with tragic consequences.

This week, the peafowl are back in The Riot ACT is back again. Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel has offered an open ear to the Narrabundah Peafowl group convener Timothy DeWan. We, at canberra.bike, would love to be a fly on the wall, as the problem of speeding needs to be addressed in general on local roads where 50 km/h is far to fast. Ausroads recommends a 30 km/h speed limit on local roads. What we will get will be something else again.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Call of the peafowl leads to meeting with minister to address road safety. Mark Weaver, The RiotACT, 7 March 2021.

“While the familiar call of the area’s peafowl population has not been enough to stop a spate of deaths at the hands of motorists, the call of the Save the Narrabundah Peafowl group will now be heard in the hallways of the ACT Government.

The group says a meeting with Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel next week is a big step forward to address the wider issue of road safety in Canberra’s suburbs.

Save the Narrabundah Peafowl group convener Timothy DeWan said the recent publicity on the peafowl deaths highlighted the behaviour of motorists who had been observed driving too fast in built-up areas of suburban streets.”

Call of the peafowl leads to meeting with minister to address road safety. Mark Weaver, The RiotACT, 7 March 2021.

Not surprisingly, if we slow down as a motorist, there is often some jerk behind us who would not seem to know they had a brake pedal. Such drivers do not deserve to have a licence.

Motorists who slowed down for the birds had also been abused.

Mr DeWan also welcomed a survey from Opposition leader Elizabeth Lee that called for the community’s thoughts on the issue of the speed of motorists in the suburbs. Member for Kurrajong Rachel Stephen-Smith has also contacted the peafowl group.

The discussion with Minister Steel will involve speed and high traffic flow issues and the risk to local pedestrians, schoolchildren and elderly residents, as well as the increased use of streets in the area by heavy vehicles on construction sites.

Call of the peafowl leads to meeting with minister to address road safety. Mark Weaver, The RiotACT, 7 March 2021.

We all need to slow down and some more than others. Our cars and roads are safer than they ever were before, and paradoxically our driving habits only seem to be getting worse. I hope, in the post-Covid era, we become a little more responsible.

Riding with children in tow, Lady Denman Drive, CBR Cycleway C5, Aranda, Lake Burley Griffin
Riding with children in tow, Lady Denman Drive, CBR Cycleway C5, Aranda, Lake Burley Griffin

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