The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held next month over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Ms Anna Purvis, Project Manager – 30km/h Trial at Yarra City Council joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Yarra’s 30km/h speed limit trial’.
Yarra City Council proposes to implement 30km/h area speed limits in its local streets. This follows the successful introduction of 40km/h limits across the municipality.
Road safety strategies around the world promote 30km/h as the appropriate speed limit for streets where people live and areas frequented by vulnerable road users – walkers and cyclists, young and old – because crash likelihood and severity is reduced at this speed. Low speeds also increase perceptions of safety and so enable walking and cycling, putting people back into the centre of the role for streets.
As a first step to the introduction of 30km/h speed limits, the Council is conducting a trial of 30km/h speed limit in the northern parts of the suburbs of Fitzroy and Collingwood. The trial is modelled on similar trials and schemes implemented in the UK.
The trial focuses on achieving speed reduction through behaviour change measures. Awareness-raising communications and engagement is addressing attitudes to and perceptions of appropriate speed and resulting speed behaviour. Traffic calming works and speed enforcement play only a supporting role. The trial is being evaluated, using scientific practices, to ensure that it is a valid test case for application of 30km/h speed limits across Yarra and around Australia.
Data is being collected on travel speeds and volumes, as well as walking and cycling volumes. Community attitudes and perceptions are also being surveyed and analysed to understand what is impacting behaviours, and to determine acceptance of the initiative.
The project is an Australian first for area-wide 30km/h speed limits. We hope that the precinct will be the first of many to make streets more liveable for people through safer neighbourhood speeds.
Anna is an urban strategist with a background in land-use planning. She has extensive experience in place making around transport gained in local government, state government and private sector roles, and is currently working with Yarra City Council to deliver a Trial of 30km/h Speed Limit.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au