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There is no argument that slowing vehicles will saves lives. Research from around the world shows that a 1% reduction in speed leads to a 4% reduction in fatalities

Many people who drive are sceptical about changes to speed limits for cars. They have understandable concerns about what speed limits mean for travel time. Need more evidence? Read this great mythbusting article from New Zealand. 

Bicycle NSW has long urged the NSW Government to set lower and more appropriate speed limits on all types of roads. And this was – thankfully - a key commitment from the 2024 Road Safety Forum.

Other walking and cycling advocacy groups are beating the same drum. Bicycle NSW has collaborated for several years with WalkSydney30Please and Better Streets to call for 30km/h speed limits to be rolled out in areas of high pedestrian activity, on mixed traffic cycle routes and around schools.

NSW Centre for Road Safety found that in a crash between a car and somebody walking, there is a 10 per cent risk that the person will be killed at 30 km/h, 40 per cent risk at 40 km/h, and a 90 per cent risk at 50 km/h

When balancing travel times for typical urban trips with a better outcome for pedestrian safety, 30km/h emerges as a sweet spot (Image: Cities Safer by Design and ADAC Tempo 30 Pro Contra)

30km/h on Local Streets was chosen as one of the Big Ideas for the 2023 Sydney Summit. 30Please founder Lena Huda did a fantastic 5-minute pitch and generated extensive media coverage.  Check out the clips from the presentation and press interviews here.

It is relatively easy and inexpensive to physically reduce speeds on neighbourhood streets and around urban centres using signage and enforcement. In terms of Return-On-Investment, there is no cheaper way to save lives.  

And of course, the benefits extend beyond reduced injuries.  Slower traffic encourages more walking and cycling. Businesses have more passing trade. Citizens are more physically active with knock-on gains for the health budget. There is less pollution and less need for car parking – leaving more space for trees and places to sit. Cities become more liveable. 

Even though 30km/h is implemented in walking and cycling friendly countries and cities all over the world, politicians in Australia will need to hear from you that you are willing to slow down to 30km/h in local streets.

Resources

Zetland Avenue and Geddes Avenue connect people and places in the new town centre
Zetland Avenue and Geddes Avenue are new tree-lined boulevards in Green Square, the much-praised regeneration area 3km south of Sydney’s city centre. Read more
MAKING LOCAL STREETS SAFE FOR BIKES
Protected cycleways that separate bike riders from both vehicles and pedestrians are gold standard facilities. Great examples of these cycleways Read more
Australia’s best town centres
Recent decades have seen ‘the death of the town centre’ in many western countries. Many factors are at play. These Read more
Police tape across NSW road
Road trauma statistics have trended in the wrong direction over the last few years. 370 lives were lost in the Read more
Two bicycle riders are thrust into sydney traffic as bike lane abruptly ends
An interim report from BikeSpot 2023 has revealed the worst and the best places in Sydney to ride your bike. Read more
Cars travelling down the road in 40km zone
The Inner West Council has conducted a study to look at reducing the speed limits to 40km/h across its neighbourhoods. This Read more
Enough is enough!
Fund better streets now. Not in 320 years Dear Member of Parliament, The Collaroy tragedy is a reminder of the Read more
Road rage death 5 years on
Parents across NSW are calling for safer roads around schools to enable active transport. Making walking and cycling a priority Read more
Return Of The Child -Friendly City
Car-dominated streets damage kids  In an excellent Conversation article, Mischa Ketchell discusses the decline of cities as spaces for children and Read more
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Blaming pedestrian behaviour for crashes ignores evidence and decades of bad planning. When it comes to collisions between vulnerable road Read more
If you see a bicycle rider going too fast on a shared path, tell them to slow down! This excellent Read more
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New findings on tail pipe and tyre dust emissions have health experts extremely worried Exhaust fumes and tyre wear particles Read more