Citycyclist's submission to VicRoads review of speed limits:
1. All 40km/h speed limits should be altered to 30km/h based on the empirical evidence relating to deaths and serious injuries of pedestrians and cyclists at speeds higher than 30km/h. Refer to international best practice, especially in Europe, the UK and Ireland. Ask MUARC.
2. Councils should be free to introduce 30km/h speed limits without reference to VicRoads and the ridiculous requirement that physical modifications must be introduced to make it difficult to drive at higher speeds should be dropped. Why have speed limits if you have to engineer the roads to make higher speeds impossible anyway? Why has the City of Melbourne been waiting for several years and still can't be given a paltry 10km/h reduction in the CBD speeds?
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The graph at the right is from a page on the European Cyclists Federation. From the same article: "Could you imagine Europe with 30km/h speed limits in residential areas? This is already common in many cities, and thanks to a report on road safety approved by the Transport Committee on Tuesday, it could become a reality across Europe in all residential areas in the near future... We are happy to announce our warm support to the MEPs call for a 30km/h speed limit in all residential areas and on single-lane roads without cycle tracks."
Herald Sun article commenting on The Victorian Greens proposal for 30km/h speed limits in residential and shopping areas.
See also Law and Enforcement.
See this paper by Prof Narelle Haworth, which focusses on pedestrian safety, however the same principles can be applied to bicycle safety: