Speed trial to go ahead

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

CITY of Vin­cent coun­cil­lors have given the green light to a two-year 40km/h speed zone trial in the south­ern half of the City.

Res­i­den­tial streets bound by Charles Street, Vin­cent Street, Wal­cott Street, Guild­ford Road, Stan­ley Street, Mitchell Street and New­cas­tle Street will have new sig­nage in­stalled early next year.

The de­ci­sion was made unan­i­mously by coun­cil­lors at their Oc­to­ber 16 meet­ing.

Mayor Emma Cole said there had been grow­ing con­cerns from lo­cals about speed­ing on res­i­den­tial streets and the coun­cil looked for­ward to work­ing with the Of­fice of Road Safety on an ev­i­dence­based trial.

“This isn’t some­thing we’ve plucked out of the sky. We’ve been dis­cussing it for two years,” she said.

Cr Jonathan Hal­lett said coun­cil­lors were aware of some re­sis­tance to the change.

“It shows us what streets can be beyond con­duits for cars,” he said.

Cr Roslyn Har­ley said she thought other coun­cils would thank Vin­cent for lead­ing the study.

“I think this is push­ing the en­ve­lope in a way Vin­cent is well known for,” she said.

She flagged po­ten­tial rat-run­ning as an is­sue, which had also been raised in com­mu­nity sub­mis­sions.

City of­fi­cers said any is­sues would be able to be raised with ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Other com­ments in­cluded that there was no prob­lem with the cur­rent speeds, there were enough traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures al­ready and the trial should be ex­tended beyond the south of Vin­cent.

In June, traf­fic en­gi­neer­ing ex­pert Bruce Cor­ben im­plored Vin­cent to push fur­ther, say­ing 40km/h was a step in the right di­rec­tion, but com­mu­ni­ties and coun­cil lead­ers should be de­mand­ing 30km/h.

Ms Cole said the coun­cil was pro­gres­sive but prag­matic and un­der­stood there were di­ver­gent views over speed lim­its.

“I think it’s good we can take this stepped ap­proach,” she said.

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