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Norwood, Payneham and St Peter’s Adelaide’s east has voted to reduce the speed limit across its entire area to 40km/h. This is a good move for all road users. 

Norwood, Payneham & St Peters voted to introduce the 40km/h limit in a bid to improve safety for all road users. This is a good thing – and it’s not new to Adelaide. Unley introduced slower speeds on all its streets in 1999 and is now a glowing example of an active cyclable, walkable community.

This could be a game-changer. Here’s why.  It’s going to encourage people who are not riding a bike – (i.e the 60% of Australians who would like to ride but feel it’s not safe to do so.) Lower speed limits are the most cost effective and efficient way of improving safety on roads.

“This is not about the experienced riders who ride on the arterial network – this about people who don’t ride their bikes,” says Christian Haag, CEO of Bicycle SA.

“This is about getting kids riding to school. This is about getting more women riding. This is about getting more bums on bikes in South Australia,”

What can you do? 

Bike SA’s position is to encourage all members to write to Council who live in that area – and show them support. Anyone that commutes through these suburbs should also send their support to Council. You can find relevant contact information including Twitter and Facebook links here.

Further Reading

New 40km/h limit across Norwood, Payneham & St Peters council area gets nod, 15 years after Unley did the same – The Advertiser

Speed – Event tiny Changes save lives – InDaily

The Power of the 30km/h speed limit European Cyclists’ Federation