40KM/H Speed Zone Trial

Lowering speed limits on Vincent’s local roads leads to safer outcomes for all users.

The City is partnering with the Road Safety Commission and Main Roads Western Australia in a major research project to determine the appetite for lowering speed limits in the southern ward of Vincent.

This would only impact local roads (not district distributor roads such as Charles Street, Fitzgerald Street, Walcott Street, Lord Street, William Street and Beaufort Street, or East Parade).

The City is seeking your feedback, click on the survey link below which directs you to our community consultation portal imagine.vincent.wa.gov.auThe survey closes on 5 September 2018.

Survey link

Map of affected areas

What happens next?

Once the survey results are in, Council will decide on whether to progress with the implementation of this project. This involves changing the speed signs in affected streets in conjunction with Main Roads WA.

The trial would run for a period of 24 months and will be delivered in partnership with a Research Project run by the Road Safety Commission.

Why do it?

So much research has now been done on the benefits of reducing speeds in urban areas. For more background information check some of the sources below:

Useful Resources

Evaluation of 40km/h speed limit for local streets in the City of Charles Sturt 

Pages 13 onwards provides a good overview of the science behind lower speeds and pedestrian survivability. The average pedestrian likelihood of surviving a crash when hit at 30km/h is 90% - this significantly decreases as the speed goes upwards.

Nilsson's Power Model Connecting Speed and Road Trauma: Does it apply on urban roads?

Speed Limit Setting and the Safe System Principle 

Provides an overview of Safe System, from across Australia and mechanisms to counteract  community attitudes to shift and promote better acceptance of safer speeds.