Page 513 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her question. I will take that question on notice.

MS LAWDER: Approximately how many users have reported experiencing unauthorised access issues to their accounts?

MR STEEL: I will take that question on notice, Madam Speaker.

MR CAIN: Have any changes been made to ensure these sorts of cybersecurity breaches no longer occur?

MR STEEL: Again, I will take that question on notice.

Speed limits—Watson

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, the ACT government has a good Slower Streets policy and I am really pleased to see a lot of recent efforts in improving our laws and slowing down our speed limits to improve road safety for vulnerable road users. I recently met with parents and residents in Watson who are concerned about the safety of children adjacent to a child care centre on Gwynne Street. It is a 50 kilometre an hour zone and it is adjacent to a supermarket. They have been campaigning for slower streets for a number of years. How do you make decisions about slowing streets down and reducing speed zones?

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Clay for her question. The ACT government, as you would be aware, is committed to Vision Zero and as part of that approach of our objective to have zero deaths and zero serious injuries on our roads, we use the safe systems approach, which includes safer speeds as being one of the critical areas, but it also includes safe infrastructure and safe behaviours as well.

When we assess these particular place based areas around safety and what can be done to improve those areas, it is an evidence based approach and so, the ACT government will conduct traffic assessments to see how many people are, or particularly pedestrians, are crossing the road in this case, look at the speed the vehicles are travelling on the road, where the road fits into the hierarchy and what is happening in that general area.

So there are recent traffic studies conducted on many roads, and we often update those from time to time. And when it comes to things like pedestrian interventions like crossings, in particular, we need to look closely at how many people are crossing the road. Somewhat counterintuitively, when there are fewer people crossing a road, putting in interventions like pedestrian crossings actually potentially makes it more dangerous using the crossing, because motorists are not expecting them to cross the road, because there do not tend to be a huge number of people in the area. So we need to look very carefully at each area and at each intervention to make sure that it is fit for purpose.

MS CLAY: Is there an option to drop the speed limit in this particular area?

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video