Should we have 30km/h where there’s lots of people?

Woman with shopping bagIn busy places where lots of people walk, bike and cross the road, like shopping areas, we think the speed should be 30km/h. In busy parts of the central city we have 30km/h, but think that should be extended to busy suburban areas too.

Why the contribution is important

The faster a vehicle is travelling the more risk there is to people like pedestrians, cyclists, elderly people or kids. In all crashes regardless of what causes a crash, speed always plays a part – and can be the difference between whether someone dies, is injured, or walks away.

by ProjectTeam1 on October 25, 2018 at 12:15PM

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Based on : 13 votes


  • Posted by fordm November 01, 2018 at 08:15

  • Posted by judymac November 01, 2018 at 13:07

    Yes, this is just as important as keeping speeds down around schools. If we want a city where people can move freely and that isn't clogged by cars, we need to stop giving cars priority. And, as stated, if there is an accident, lower speeds mean it is much less likely to be fatal for the vulnerable road user (pedestrian or cyclist)
  • Posted by lyall November 01, 2018 at 21:55

    Nice in theory but you need to look at the wider context. One accident on a pedestrian crossing shouldn't lead to a knee-jerk reaction all over the city!
  • Posted by SimonY November 02, 2018 at 15:28

    Yes, similar reason to around schools.
  • Posted by lewis_ian November 04, 2018 at 10:12

    Yes - great idea. Slower speeds reduce congestion and allow vehicle traffic to move around more easily, reduce risk to pedestrians, people on bikes, people exiting parked vehicles, and reduces road wear. It just makes sense. While we're on it, how about removing cars from Garden Place though - there's no such thing as a safe speed limit where a road goes across a plaza with kids running around and no visual cue that there are vehicles driving through here. Lose the cars from Garden Place please please please. Plus the damage to the tiles from heavy motor vehicles is pretty bad...
  • Posted by PaulPaulPaul November 06, 2018 at 10:44

    Yes. This will not only keep people safer but will encourage people to walk and use other active travel.
  • Posted by jeffieh November 08, 2018 at 12:08

  • Posted by dreadwomyn November 08, 2018 at 18:51

    Yes - encourage walking and increase bike safety, as well as safety for mobility users.
  • Posted by dan November 10, 2018 at 13:07

    No. 30 kmh is ridiculously, painfully slow in a car. Also the slower the traffic is the more risks pedestrians will take around the cars.
    What ever happened to looking before crossing the road.
  • Posted by blewettg November 10, 2018 at 15:45

    only in limited areas like the lake, Victoria st Frankton Chartweel etc.
    Definately not in commuting streets
  • Posted by Jo November 14, 2018 at 18:47

    Agreed. The unintended benefit of driving slower is that people may feel more comfortable using modes of transport other than a car.
  • Posted by BryanB November 14, 2018 at 20:12

    No. Roads are for cars. Footpath for people. Cars are big and fast you are not. Watch where you are going or you die. Drivers have rights too
  • Posted by HR November 17, 2018 at 05:47

    Yes i agree 30km in the busy shopping areas ONLY. OH and increase the speed on River road to 60km PLEASE 😀
  • Posted by RWKing November 17, 2018 at 08:59

    How about leave the speed the same, an introduce more speed bumps, will force the driver to slow down anyway.
  • Posted by wattsc November 24, 2018 at 09:45

    YES! There are other road users other than cars! People walking, biking and skating should be encouraged in our city!
  • Posted by Jayt November 28, 2018 at 00:40

    No, leave 30 as the limit in the CBD only. Where are the stats that there's even a problem in these areas?
  • Posted by tthorne December 06, 2018 at 08:25

    its not the speed its the fact that too many drivers are on cellphones which makes any area 'dangerous'. Too many different speed zones leads to more confusion.
  • Posted by Phred December 06, 2018 at 17:50

    Yes I agree, but even better we could make the whole city 30kmp not just the shopping areas, which would cut down the number of accidents and the injuries sustained. This only works though if it is enforced.
  • Posted by DBfish December 07, 2018 at 14:53

    It is a good idea to slow down traffic in areas where there are lots of people but it is not necessary to change the speed limit. It is almost impossible to drive down Victoria Street at more than 30km past Garden Place with or without a speed limit. Also what do you consider is "a lot of people"? What areas that have not already been reduced do you consider need to be reduced to 30kms?
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