New 40km CBD speed limit starts Sunday July 1
The new 40km/h speed limit will commence in the Bendigo CBD from this coming Sunday July 1.
Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said from Sunday 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.
“However 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.
“In the Bendigo CBD there has been 14 pedestrian accidents including one fatality, four bicycle accidents and 36 vehicle accidents between 2011 and 2017 on the non-arterial roads.
“A pedestrian hit at 50km/h is two to three times as likely to be killed, than if the car was travelling at 40km/h and it is estimated that there will be a 30% reduction in pedestrian related incidents in the area with the lower speed limit and the planned pedestrian safety works.
"Works to slow traffic down and raise the visibility of pedestrians will take place at roundabouts in Queen/Edward Streets, Hargreaves/Edward Streets, Hargreaves/Mundy Streets and Mundy/Hopetoun Streets and Lyttleton Terrace and a new zebra crossing will be installed in View Street.
“While the 40km/h speed limit will be a change for motorists, many of the streets within the CBD already have average vehicle speeds below 50km/h during the day.
“Signage and road marking will be installed to identify the area of the changed speed limit.
“I encourage everyone to keep a look out for the new signs, slow down and remember its 40 kilometres in the Bendigo CBD from July 1.”
The Transport Accident Commission’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program is funding the safety works.