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Bare-headed cycling in ACT could return

Posted in Sydney CBD Cycleways
Wednesday, 02 March 2016

Cycling along with the wind in your hair may seem like a thing of the past but, under a new road safety plan, the ACT may be the first to take off the helmet.

First, the ACT wants to be the first Australian jurisdiction to have zero deaths or injuries on the road. Under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 (NRSS), all states and territories in Australia have the target of reducing road deaths and serious injuries by 30% by 2020.

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Mobiles turn us into wonky walkers

Posted in Traffic
Thursday, 25 February 2016

It’s a familiar sight – somebody walking across the road while stabbing at their mobile phone. Who has not felt a bit frustrated with the pedestrian who is so captivated by their device that they don’t look where they are going?

The fact is more pedestrians died on NSW roads in 2015 than 2014. There were 61 fatalities in 2015, compared to 41 in 2014, and they made up 17.5% of all deaths on the road. Sadly, 17-25 year olds have the second highest risk of death as pedestrians (after older pedestrians, 75 years and over).

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Not so crash hot: NSW road toll

Posted in Traffic
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Nearly 350 people died on the roads in NSW last year, according to preliminary 2015 traffic crash figures from Centre of Road Safety.

Drinking and driving

  • The number of drivers affected by alcohol in a fatal crash fell 22%, compared to the 2012-14 average.

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New 40kmh zones in Sydney CBD

Posted in Traffic
Monday, 15 February 2016

Regular drivers to the Sydney CBD are being forced to slow down. From April this year, 40 kmh speed limits will apply across a larger zone.

Many people in the CBD are on foot and some take unncessary risks when crossing the roads. In the past 10 years, 12 have died and more than 1,400 have been injured. (In fact, the highest increase in deaths in all of NSW was among pedestrians, up 48.7%, from 41 deaths in 2014 to 61 in 2015.)

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Australians love their SUVs

Posted in Automotive
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

During 2015, more Australians than ever went out to buy themselves a new motor vehicle. They bought 1,155,408 new passenger cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and commercial vehicles. This was 3.8% more than in 2014 and it broke the record set in 2013.

SUVs were so popular, sales grew 15.9% and they made up a whopping 35.4% of the market, up from 31.7% in 2014. In fact, Australians bought more SUVs than small cars, even though small cars made up four of the top 10 bestsellers.

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