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Central Sydney - Wednesday 24 August 2011

SPEED limits in the Sydney CDB should be reduced to a blanket 30km/h in line with a radical proposal being considered in Melbourne, according to Australian Pedestrian Council chairman Harold Scruby.

Mr Scruby said the City of Sydney should prioritise people over cars in the same way as the City of Melbourne, which is consulting with road safety groups and the community on the move to drop speed limits.

“I’m very keen to see it happen,” Mr Scruby said of the lower speed limit. “The whole of the Art Gallery and around Parliament House has been 30km/h for years and no one has complained.”

The busy Druitt St bus interchange near Town Hall also has a 30km/h speed limit. The City of Sydney has been looking at reducing speed limits in the CBD for several years.

“The city and the state have an agreement to reduce speed limits in the Sydney CBD to 40km/h,” said a council spokesman. “This will be rolled out across the city later this year.

“Pedestrians represent 94 per cent of all trips in the city. This will provide a safer and more pleasant environment in which to move around.”

But Mr Scruby believes an extra 10km/h reduction may make all the difference for vulnerable pedestrians.

Research conducted by Monash University showed that cutting speed limits from 50km/h to 30km/h reduced the risk of pedestrian death from a collision with a car by up to 90 per cent. The most at-risk pedestrians were children and the elderly.

What do you think of a proposal to reduce CDB speed limits to 30km/h? Let us know at www.centralmag.com.au
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