Slow down in the cbd: 40km/h speed zone extended
14 April, 2016
Road users are being reminded to slow down as an expanded 40km/h speed zone comes into effect in the Sydney CBD on 18 April, in a bid to improve pedestrian safety across more city streets.
The expanded 40km/h zone will operate in the area bounded by Alfred, Macquarie and Elizabeth streets, Railway Square and Quay Street.
A 40km/h speed limit was introduced in parts of the CBD in September 2014 to improve pedestrian safety. Acting CBD Coordinator General Steve Issa said as the city continues to transform, further extending this zone will help with continuity and increased safety.
“The expanded area was needed due to the CBD bus route changes and to allow for construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail,” Mr Issa said.
“We want to protect vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists, and this expanded speed zone will make a much larger section of the busy CBD safer for everyone using this part of the city.
“Expanding this zone will also make it easier for motorists negotiating the CBD by making the speed limit consistent.”
The red-light speed cameras that fall within the new 40km/h area – on the intersections of Elizabeth and Park streets, and George and Pitt streets – will be put into warning mode for speed offences for one month to allow for drivers to get used to the speed limit changes. Excessive speeding will continue to be enforced during this period.
There are 40km/h speed limits already in place in parts of The Rocks, Millers Point, Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Redfern, Chippendale, Rosebery, Leichhardt and Erskineville, and in other high pedestrian areas across Sydney including North Sydney, Chatswood, and Parramatta.
Pedestrians are urged to play their part by ensuring they always use pedestrian crossings, obey traffic signals, look both ways before crossing and are not being distracted by phones of music.
For more details on travelling in the city, see our interactive maps.
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