City gears up to lower CBD speed limit to 40km
The first of a series of pedestrian safety works is well underway at the Edward and Queen Streets roundabout as part of a City of Greater Bendigo project to make the CBD safer for all.
Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the City has been successful in obtaining funding from the Transport Accident Commission’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program to undertake the pedestrian safety works and introduce a 40 km speed limit on non-arterial roads from July 1, 2018.
“This means that from July 1, speed limits in the CBD will change from 50km/h to 40 km/h within the area bordered by the Bendigo Railway Line, Myrtle Street, High Street, View Street, Chapel Street and around Gaol Road and Park Road. Speed limits on main arterial roads in the CBD such as Wills/Myers/Myrtle/Chapel and High Streets will stay the same as they are now,” Cr O’Rourke said.
Other works to give pedestrians right of way will take place at:-
- Hargreaves/Edward Streets (works scheduled during July)
- Hargreaves/Mundy Streets (works scheduled for September)
- Mundy/Hopetoun Streets and Lyttleton Terrace (works scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019) and
- A new zebra crossing will be installed in View Street adjacent to the Bendigo Art Gallery in August.
The roundabout works will slow traffic down and raise the visibility of pedestrians. Significant signage and road marking will be installed to identify the area of the changed speed limit.
In the Bendigo CBD there has been 12 pedestrian accidents including one fatality, four bicycle accidents and 26 vehicle accidents between 2011 and 2015 on the non-arterial roads.
It is estimated that there will be a 30% reduction in pedestrian related incidents in the area with the planned safety treatments and lower speed limit.
Melbourne and Geelong CBD’s have already introduced a 40km/h limits. Ballarat has completed a 12 month trial and has stated they will also adopt a 40km/h speed limit in their CBD.