Most of the time, Sydney’s CBD is a whirlwind of activity. From workers to students and tourists, pedestrian traffic is increasing and in the lead up to the warmer months, this is only going to rise.
To reduce the number of pedestrian-related accidents in the coming months, the NSW government is introducing a new 40km/h speed limit zone around the CBD.
The zone will be in effect from September 27 and is bound by Hay Street to the south, Kent Street to the west and Castlereagh Street to the east. To the north, the new speed limit zone will connect to the existing one in operation in The Rocks suburb.
In fact, there are already at least twelve 40km/h speed restriction zones around Sydney. This one, however, will encompass the largest area and impact a greater number of people.
According to the government, this decision followed safety reviews undertaken by the Centre for Road Safety with input from Roads and Maritime Services and the City of Sydney Council.
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said it was important to have the zone in place before the peak shopping time and Christmas.
“Over the next fortnight there will be VMS road signs for motorists and a widespread advertising campaign including newspaper and radio ads to make sure anyone who missed the announcement in May is ready for the change,” he said.
Although on a 10km/h reduction isn’t a lot, Mr Gay said it will significantly increase safety in the CBD.
“Considering a vehicle that hits a pedestrian at 50km/h is twice as likely to cause a fatality as the same vehicle travelling at 40km/h, this speed limit change will deliver significant safety benefits,” he stated.
Transport for NSW data indicates that 34 pedestrians have been killed on state roads this year – a 13 per cent increase on the same period 12 months ago.
NSW car accident compensation
The important thing to remember about car accidents in NSW is that you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to cyclists as well as passengers injured in car accidents, pedestrians crossing the road and pillion passengers on motorbikes.
It is important to contact an car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advise about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.