40km in CBD

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Attention Motorists!

 

Speed limits in the Bendigo central business district will change to 40 kilometres per hour from this Sunday July 1, 2018

Speed limits will be lowered from 50 to 40 kilometres per hour within the area bordered by the Bendigo Railway Line and Myrtle/High/View and Chapel Streets and around Gaol and Park Roads.

However speed limits on main arterial roads such as Wills/Myers/Myrtle/Chapel and High Streets won’t change.

The new speed limit along with new pedestrian crossings will help to make the Bendigo CBD a safer and more pedestrian friendly area for everyone.

Keep a look out for the new signs, slow down and remember it’s 40 kilometres in the Bendigo CBD from Sunday July 1.

Please see 50km to 40km CBD map

 

The City of Greater Bendigo wants to make the CBD safer for everyone especially pedestrians and cyclists and has been successful in obtaining funding from the Transport Accident Commission’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program to introduce a 40 km speed limit on non-arterial roads from July 1, 2018, and undertake a range of safety works to make the Bendigo central business district safer for pedestrians.

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. 

The project will see the speed limit in the CBD lowered from 50km/h to 40 km/h on local roads within the area bordered by the Bendigo Railway Line, Myrtle Street, High Street, View Street, Chapel Street and around Gaol Road and Park Road.

No. 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.

Works to give pedestrians right of way will take place at:-

  • Edwards/Queen Streets roundabout (works scheduled from May to June)

  • Hargreaves/Edwards Streets roundabout (works scheduled during July)

  • Hargreaves/Mundy Streets roundabout (works scheduled for September)

  • Mundy/Hopetoun Streets and Lyttleton Terrace (works scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019)

  • Installation of a new zebra crossing adjacent to the Bendigo Art Gallery in View Street (works scheduled for August)

Many of the streets within the CBD already have average vehicle speeds below 50km/h during the day.  By reducing the speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h, the emergency stopping distance of a car on a dry road reduces from 35m to 26m (based on an average reaction time of 1.5 seconds.  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.

 

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.

Signs and line marking will identify the 40km/h zone

The City has sent letters to all residents and businesses located within the Bendigo CBD. 

The City will also promote the changed speed limit via radio, print and social media.

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.

Normal speed limit enforcement will be carried out by Victorian Police

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