Road safety

1. Overview

Council works with a range of local, regional and ACT-cross border stakeholders as well as Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police to improve safety and awareness on our roads.  Contact our Road Safety Officer on 6285 6196

For information on NSW road safety and campaigns visit http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/index.html

2. Speed

Council coordinates a range of road safety strategies to address speeding, including providing courtesy on-road speed checks, collecting speed data on local roads and working with NSW Police to support local enforcement campaigns.  If you would like your local road considered for courtesy speed checks please contact our Road Safety Officer on 6285 6196

Would you like to suggest a speed limit change or a location that needs a speed camera?  Visit the State Government Safer Roads NSW Website.

3. Learner Driver Workshops

Council runs free workshops for supervisors that are teaching learner drivers.  The workshops aim to give supervisors all the practical skills they need to supervise a learner driver and increase their understanding of the licence conditions for learner and provisional drivers.  Please contact our Road Safety Officer on 6285 6196 to register your interest in attending the next workshop.

4. Older Road User Safety

Council attends local community groups and organisations to discuss safety for people aged 65 and over including making safe choices when driving, walking and using a mobility scooter.  Please contact our Road Safety Officer on 6285 6196 to register your group’s interest for an ‘Older Road User Safety’ discussion.

5. Safety around Schools

Council works with a number of local stakeholders including local schools, local bus operators, RMS and NSW Police to improve safety around local schools. 

School opening and closing hours are busy times for pedestrians and vehicles outside schools.  Take extra care in a 40km/h school zone and plan your trip to avoid rushing. 

Remember to stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone as children are about and avoid dangerous manoeuvres such as U-turns and three-point turns.

Always park legally around schools. Illegal parking around schools puts lives at risk.  Council’s rangers regularly patrol schools to monitor parking and issue infringement notices. You can download our guide on parking legally(PDF, 1MB) for further information on the parking rules around schools.

A number of schools and the Queanbeyan Bus Interchange feature ‘Drop Off and Pick Up Areas’ or ‘Kiss and Ride Areas.’  Special rules apply to the operation of these areas to ensure the safety of all children.  You can download our guide about dropping off in schoold zones for further information(PDF, 249KB) .

6. Road Rules

To help stay safe when using our roads it’s important to remain up to date with the road rules.  For further information on NSW Road Rules visit the Roads and Maritime website.

7. Animals on Roads

Crashes on local roads can involve animals.  Kangaroos, wombats and stray stock can move fast and be unpredictable.  When animals stray onto roads it’s hard to know what they’ll do next.  Slowing down and being prepared, especially near sunrise and sunset could save a collision.  Some tips for staying safe around roads with animals include:

  • Be aware that animals are more active and harder to see at sunrise and sunset
  • Reduce your speed when you see animal warning signs
  • Brake safely – only brake when it is safe to do so if you see an animal on the road
  • Never swerve – it is safer to hit an animal than swerve and lose control of your vehicle

8. Motorcycle Safety - Joe Rider

Motorcycle riders are more exposed and risk serious injuries if they are in a crash. A key factor in motorcycle crashes is the need for motorcyclists to be seen. In 2016 Council first teamed up with local rider training facility Stay Upright to run the Joe Rider Safety Campaign for Motorcycle Awareness Week. The campaign promoted rider's safety by encouraging local motorists to look out for local riders while on the road.

Joe Rider returned in 2017 partnering again with Stay Upright and expanding with more riders in Bungendore and Braidwood including Braidwood's Australia Post Delivery Riders.

In 2017, residents won five $50 fuel vouchers for reporting Joe Rider sightings on local roads and one grand prize of a $150 fuel voucher for multiple reports on the Kings Highway, Majors Creek Road and George Street.

If you're a local rider and keen to be involved in our Joe Rider Campaign in 2018 Council would love to hear from you. Please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 6285 6196.