Find out more about Yarras 30km/h trial

Tuesday 05 September 2017

Leafy street with vehicles parked on both sides. Cyclist riding down street

Why is Yarra City Council trialling a 30 km/h?

Our vision is to have no deaths or serious injuries on Yarra roads by 2026. We’ve joined a global Safe Speed movement. Death or serious injuries to pedestrians, cyclists and motorbike riders increases dramatically at speeds above 30 km/h. A 30 km/h speed limit provides a safer environment for all road users.

What are the other benefits of reducing the speed limit?

Lower speeds make streets more welcoming and encourage walking and cycling. There may also be a reduction in short-cutting traffic through local residential streets.
When people feel safer, they are more likely to spend more time on the street.

What streets are being considered for the 30 km/h trial?

We are looking at the northern parts of Fitzroy and Collingwood to undertake the trial. These are the local residential streets located within the area bounded by Alexandra Parade and Hoddle, Nicholson and Johnston Streets. 
We are not proposing to change the speed limit on main roads or shopping strips such as Smith Street and Brunswick Street, since they carry higher traffic volumes and public transport.

What about the delays?

You are unlikely to be delayed more than 12 seconds per kilometre when travelling at a speed limit of 30 km/h compared to the current speed limit of 40 km/h in local residential streets.

Travel times are more likely to be affected by other factors such as traffic congestion, speed humps, roundabouts, intersections and parking.
The average travel speed along streets in the proposed trial area is already less than 35 km/h, with many streets recording average travel speeds below 30 km/h.

Where are 30 km/h speed limits already in place?

A speed limit of 30 km/h or 20 miles/hour applies in many cities in Europe. Parts of New Zealand and the US are also introducing these speed limits in local residential streets. Visit the Europeannetwork for 30 km/h for more information.

We are aware that 30 km/h speed limits already apply along some shopping strips in Melbourne and Perth. However this will be the first scientific evidence-based trial undertaken across a wide area in Australia. We hope this trial will serve as a case study for future 30 km/h speed limits.

How long will the trial last?

The trial will last for a 12-month period. An evaluation study and report will then be prepared to inform future decisions on 30 km/h speed limits in Yarra City Council.

When will the trial begin?

The trial is likely to begin in 2018 and is dependent on additional funding. 
The trial is expected to cost $170,000. We have committed $25,000 to the trial in its 2017/18 budget and will seek additional funding from VicRoads and TAC through the Safe Travel Speeds in Local Streets program. 

How will the trial be monitored?

Assessments will include: 
·  Traffic data including volume and speed
·  Travel times
·  Number of cyclists and pedestrians
·  Preliminary comparisons of crashes before and during the trial
·  Community feedback through surveys, request and complaints.

The internationally recognised Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) will be involved in overseeing the research elements of the trial.
The trial will also involve continuous community engagement with people near the study area. 

How will I know I am on a road with a 30 km/h speed limit?

A 30 km/h area speed limit sign will be installed at the entry point to each street. Signs will be installed on sign posts or electricity poles. An End 30 Area sign will be installed upon leaving the trial area.
We also want to test out innovative approaches to highlight and reinforce the speed change such as through 30 symbols painted on the road and other road safety messages.

How will the speed limits be enforced? Is this revenue raising?

Victoria Police will monitor any change to the speed limit.
We do not receive any revenue from speeding fines.  The revenue is collected by the Victorian Government and directed back into road safety. 

Don't some cyclists travel faster than 30 km/h?

Yes they do. However in local residential streets, cyclists are slowed down by other factors such as traffic congestion, speed humps, roundabouts, intersections and parking.
Local residential streets cater mainly for cyclists on errands, or going to work and school. Speed tests conducted in North Carlton revealed the average speed of cyclists to be 25.7 km/h.

Cyclists who want to travel faster, such as those in training or are more confident, will be more likely to continue using busier main roads. 

Read the 30km/h speed trial media release



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