Slower speeds for safer streets

We are working to reduce traffic speeds on inner Sydney streets to make them safer for all road users.

A new 40km/h speed limit zone has been introduced on roads around Alexandria, in partnership with the NSW Government. The new lower speed zone comes after the successful introduction of 40km/h to Newtown streets last year, and in Sydney’s city centre in 2016.

There’s no doubt slower motor vehicle movements make our streets safer for everyone, including people riding and walking. Traveling at 40km/h improves a driver’s ability to stop, while crashes involving people on foot at this speed are less severe, especially for children and the elderly.

More than half a million people move in and out of the City each week day and nearly a third of City residents travel to work on foot or by bike.

The new limit in Alexandria will also help reduce danger in the evenings, after slower daytime traffic has cleared. 40 per cent of road fatalities happen between 6pm and 6am.

The City is looking to improve safety in other areas and has conditional approval from the NSW Government to create 40km/h zones in Rushcutters Bay, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Redfern, Waterloo, Zetland and Green Square.

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