No need for speed in town centre
SPEED limits in the Bayswater town centre will be cut to 40km/h to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
At the July 18 committee meeting, councillors voted 5-5 before Deputy Mayor and committee chairman Chris Cornish used his casting vote to pass the change for sections of King William Street, Coode Street, Whatley Crescent and Beechboro Road South.
After a review of speed limits in March, Main Roads WA agreed to implement a 40km/h zone in the town centre.
Mayor Dan Bull said the change would put people before cars.
“The growing retail and cafe strip in Bayswater’s town centre is buzzing with activity, especially on weekends,” he said.
“It makes sense that traffic should be slower in an area with so much roadside activity.
“The lower maximum speed will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, encouraging more people to slow down and spend time in our town centre. This can only be a good thing for local businesses.”