Traffic Calming – Why it’s good for everyone.

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Norwood, Payneham and St Peter’s Adelaide’s east has voted to reduce the speed limit across its entire area to 40km/h. This is a good move for all road users. 

Norwood, Payneham & St Peters voted to introduce the 40km/h limit in a bid to improve safety for all road users. This is a good thing – and it’s not new to Adelaide. Unley introduced slower speeds on all its streets in 1999 and is now a glowing example of an active cyclable, walkable community.

This could be a game-changer. Here’s why.  It’s going to encourage people who are not riding a bike – (i.e the 60% of Australians who would like to ride but feel it’s not safe to do so.) Lower speed limits are the most cost effective and efficient way of improving safety on roads.

“This is not about the experienced riders who ride on the arterial network – this about people who don’t ride their bikes,” says Christian Haag, CEO of Bicycle SA.

“This is about getting kids riding to school. This is about getting more women riding. This is about getting more bums on bikes in South Australia,”

What can you do? 

Bike SA’s position is to encourage all members to write to Council who live in that area – and show them support. Anyone that commutes through these suburbs should also send their support to Council. You can find relevant contact information including Twitter and Facebook links here.

Further Reading

New 40km/h limit across Norwood, Payneham & St Peters council area gets nod, 15 years after Unley did the same – The Advertiser

Speed – Event tiny Changes save lives – InDaily

The Power of the 30km/h speed limit European Cyclists’ Federation

5 Comments. Leave new

Chris Brougham
March 6, 2015 5:46 am

Sorry I’m a motorist first and a casual cyclist second
A blanket 40kph anywhere is an impost that I can not support
In a time poor 2015 penalising every motorist on the chance that a few more might cycle doesn’t win any economic brownie points with me either
By all means build safer bike ways BUT leave the speed limits alone

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Anthony Tragarz
March 7, 2015 7:19 am

I live in Unley and it is more enjoyable to cycle here than in other suburbs with higher speed limits.

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Susan Jones
March 8, 2015 5:13 am

I have found that 40kmh areas are more dangerous for cycling than higher speed areas because, unfortunately, drivers are watching the road less because (a) it’s slow enough for drivers to think it’s safer multi-tasking (e.g. using mobile phone) (b) drivers need to watch their speed dials more and (c) councils are encouraging looking at businesses while driving past (reasons for slow speeds on main roads is to increase business visibility).

Please put the focus back onto watching the road rather than speed limits. Also frustrating drivers does not make for happy co-existence with cyclists.

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Rachael Kirkbride
March 10, 2015 2:51 am

Great news about the speed limit. Cant wait for it come to Golden Grove and Wynn Vale area

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marshall johnson
May 14, 2015 2:21 pm

That’s nothing. Here is Saint-Lambert, QC, the limit on the main streets remains 50 km while on most streets it is 30 km. In the village centre the limit is also 30 km so you have ample time to see the stores and commercial establishments. The village intersections are raised to the height of the sidewalk and have colourful pavement which further reminds drivers to slow down. This makes for a very pedestrian friendly town.

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