No need for speed in town cen­tre

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page -

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.”

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