Page 668 - Week 02 - Thursday, 18 February 2016

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There is another paragraph about when that would take place. Then Mr Gentleman has very helpfully said:

I am sure you will notice the sign once it is installed; however, don’t forget that when driving, your car must come to a complete stop when approaching a ‘stop’ sign.

I find that a bit patronising, Madam Deputy Speaker; quite condescending. Most people who have their licence understand what a stop sign is. What it means is that you must come to a complete stop when you approach a stop sign. That is why it is a stop sign. It is not a give-way sign; it is a stop sign. It is pretty simple: S-T-O-P. It is a different shape to a give-way sign; it is red. People are pretty aware of what a stop sign is. However, that is Mr Gentleman’s prerogative.

I have had quite a number of responses from Calwell residents in response to Mr Gentleman’s letterboxing of the suburb, saying how disappointed they were with Mr Gentleman’s letter and also with the response itself, of putting a stop sign in. It does not address the speeding along Outtrim Avenue, which is what the original issue was. It was not about people coming to a stop, or not, at the intersection; it was about people approaching that intersection at speed with the curvature in the road. I find it a very disappointing response from Mr Gentleman. As some people have pointed out, it is even more disappointing given that we are all quite aware that he lives very much in that area himself and they thought he might have come up with a better response.

To me, it is indicative of this government’s arrogant, patronising, condescending approach to our constituents, not taking their concerns seriously. What they are doing is treating them like children. They are not children; they are intelligent people and they will know which way to vote in the election this year.

Pedal Power

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.34): I rise this afternoon to speak about Pedal Power ACT which, in November last year, turned 40. I will have the pleasure of attending Pedal Power’s celebrations this evening at the University of Canberra, and I am very much looking forward to it.

Pedal Power ACT is the peak, and the largest, cycling representative body in the territory. It is a social organisation that represents the interests of people who already ride bicycles and those who aspire to. It supports the community to be more active by providing various opportunities and encouragement for cyclists and potential cyclists.

Over the past 40 years Pedal Power have played a leading role in advocating for cycling infrastructure in Canberra, and most of the improvements we have seen over recent years are in no small part due to their advocacy. Pedal Power also organise a number of social and competitive rides, including the weekly Sunday Wanderers ride and the daunting annual competitive ride, Fitz’s Challenge.

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