Improving road safety with new speed zones in Alexandria, Redfern, Zetland, Waterloo and Moore Park
16 October 2019
Safety will be improved for road users in Alexandria, Redfern, Zetland, Waterloo and Moore Park with the introduction of reduced speed limits this month.Transport for NSW Acting South East Precinct Director Nic Kocoski said the changes will start in busy pedestrian locations from Monday 28 October.
“The lower speed limits will ensure road users and pedestrians, especially children and the elderly, are able to move more safely in a community experiencing an increased rate of population growth,” Mr Kocoski said.
“New 40km/h zones are being introduced on local roads in Redfern, Zetland and Waterloo across an area bound by Elizabeth, Cleveland and South Dowling streets and Epsom Road.
“The speed limit will also be reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h along the busy corridor from Alexandria to Moore Park, along Sydney Park and Euston roads, McEvoy and Lachlan streets and Dacey Avenue.”
Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said research shows that even small reductions in vehicle speed can reduce the number of deaths and the severity of injuries caused by crashes.
“We know that in a crash at 60 km/h, 85 per cent of pedestrians will be killed but this falls to 55 per cent at 50 km/h, so a small drop in speed can save lives,” Mr Carlon said.
“The new speed limits will help reduce the severity and number of crashes, and will take effect when the signs have been installed to remind motorists the new speed limits are legally enforceable.
“Pedestrians are advised to ‘Look Out Before You Step Out’ onto the road and not to be distracted by music or a mobile phone. Bicycle riders should also obey traffic lights and signs to stop and give way.”
An evaluation of High Pedestrian Activity Areas completed by the NSW Centre for Road Safety showed they reduced pedestrian deaths and serious injury by 46 per cent.
City of Sydney Council received $986,000 from the NSW Government to introduce the new 40km/h speed limits on local roads in high foot traffic areas.
The implementation of the lower speed limits in Waterloo is one the actions from the Green Square Waterloo Transport Action Plan which has been developed by Transport for NSW with the City of Sydney. The action plan also identifies opportunities for on-demand services, bus capacity improvements, better pedestrian crossing opportunities and cycleway connections.