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NSW Call to cut city speed limits to 40km/h

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by Mr Messy, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Source: http://smh.drive.com.au/roads-and-traffic/call-to-cut-city-speed-limits-to-40kmh-20120101-1ph98.html

    Hey, at least the gubbermint for once doesnt want to lower a speed limit :D.

  2. #2 Tone2, Jan 2, 2012
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    Labor is in Opposition in NSW, so his views are a good indicator that the Government will support it.
  3. There is no need for the lower speed limit. Private cars should be banned in the city (there are already tunnels to let them go under). It would solve a lot of problems although there would be a heap of new scooters on the road...
  4. the idea comes from one of Clover Moore's acolytes; no-one takes any notice of that lot, and ANY idea from Labor in NSW has a snow-flake's chance; remember the result of the State Election?????

    Besides motorists are lucky to be able to do more than 40kph anywhere in Sydney, even at 3:00am.....
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  6. Ahahaha good point :p. 40kph on the motorways i say!
  7. Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle is on record as saying he supported a call by the Greens, independents and neighbouring local government to reduce all urban speeds to 30km/h.
    Then again, he is also on record as saying he wanted no change, and also as supporting a speed increase...
  8. #8 CBR800, May 28, 2014
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    What do you guys think?

    City speed limits to be cut to 40km/h in bid to save pedestrian lives
    May 26, 2014

    The speed limit in a large part of the CBD will be lowered to 40km/h in a move aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian deaths in the city. NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the new limit, a 10km/h decrease on the current 50km/h, will be introduced by the end of the year in an area bound by Hay, Kent, Pitt and Castlereagh streets.

    Between 2008 and 2014 seven pedestrians were killed in the CBD, including three this year. Six deaths were in the new 40km/h zone. The Pedestrian Council of Australia congratulated the government on the decision.

    "It'll save lives, it'll save limbs definitely and not only that it'll dramatically increase the amenity of the city of Sydney," council chairman Harold Scruby said.

    "A pedestrian hit at 50km/h is twice as likely to be killed as if the car was travelling at 40km/h."

    The new 40km/h zone will connect with the current 40km/h area in The Rocks.

    There are already 40km/h speed limits in Millers Point, Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Redfern, Chippendale, Rosebery, Leichhardt and Erskineville.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/city-spee...trian-lives-20140526-38zvz.html#ixzz32xuLlcUq

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  9. A few fcuking idiots jump out infront of a moving car and get squashed and now this. Load of crap
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  10. weren't they buses?


    the woman (previous fatality) was standing right on the corner as past turned past..

    maybe they need pedestrian fences :D
  11. Maybe pedestrians should be required to have a licence to walk in the city. It's ridiculous how they think cars don't dare to run them over. Even if drivers are responsible they would still end up in the hospital at best.
  12. One of them was a guy sitting on the footpath - really tragic for him, but how does that get included as a road fatality?
  13. ...and Hi-Vis vests, too!
  14. Used think we were a more enlightened race than the americans, who had 25mph (about 40kph) limits in busy areas, and 35 (about 56kph) elsewhere, and aboutfive or six different speed limts on all their roads. At that time we had 60kph in built up areas, and 100kph everywhere else, mostly.

    Now it seems we are too stupid to be able to determine how to drive for the conditions. We have had 40kph in Melbourne CBD for some time now, and it is not so bad, as you would be lucky to get up to 50 or 60 in between reds. But where will it end? Will we look at this again in 10 years time, when our cars are all flouro yellow with flashing lights on them, encased in high technology anti collision hardware that is only in development now, but talking about 10kph speed limits in the CBD to protect against the 3 people who stubbed their toe crossing against the lights in the last week?
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  15. look on the bright side... if they keep going, you will be able to filter at top speed...:meh:
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  16. Simple solution. All pedestrians in the city have to wear sumo suits. That way they will simply just bounce off.
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  17. I'm all for saving lives, but I would have thought that raising the expected level of driving and pedestrian skills would have been more effective than simply accepting that people are going to walk out in front of vehicles and that we should then lower the speed so that when a collision occurs, it happens at a lower speed.

    Rather, it seems as though the government is keen to lower the expected standards and allow for this which to me is counter productive. If people expect additional allowances to be made for mistakes - where is the incentive to constantly improve ourselves?
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  18. I'd like to actually reach 40km/hr in the CBD!!
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  19. Make the entire city bike parking only. Leave the speed limit at 50. That will fix it
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  20. Another Knee Jerk reaction by an ill informed government. Teach the pedestrians not to be so stupid. And if they are idiots, the gene pool is better off without them anyway. Leave the speed limits alone. If pedestrians are stupid enough to get themselves killed then we are better off without them.
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