Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay yesterday announced a new speed zone for the Sydney CBD, reducing the speed limit to 40km/h.
"The new 40km/h limit zone will be introduced by the end of this year and will operate in the area bounded by Hay, Kent, Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, and will connect with the current 40km/h area in The Rocks north of the CBD."
Minister Gay cited several facts as the basis for the decision:
- Between 2008 and 2014, there were 7 pedestrians killed in the CBD, including 3 just this year;
- More than 90% of trips made every day in the CBD are made on foot;
- A vehicle that hits a pedestrian at 50km/h is twice as likely to cause a fatality as the same vehicle travelling at 40km/h;
- A driver travelling at 40km/h also has a greater opportunity to avoid a crash and any impact will be less severe.
Minister Gay noted that pedestrians need to play their part in improving road safety in the CBD.
"Pedestrians should always cross at the lights, obey traffic signals, look both ways before they cross and stay alert by not getting distracted by phones or music" Mr Gay said.
In addition to fining drivers for breaking the new speed limit, we hope that police target pedestrians and cyclists for dangerous and irresponsible behavior.