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The Call for Lower Speed Limits

Posted in Research by Devin Maeztri on December 10th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #87, 25 November 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

“Roads Minister Tim Pallas has dismissed calls to cut car speeds across Melbourne that proponents say will improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Research released yesterday by the Safe Speed Interest Group, a coalition of councils and the Heart Foundation, found that dropping speed limits to 30km/h on suburban streets would cut pedestrian injuries. And it would improve community health by encouraging more to walk and cycle, the research found. ‘The evidence is incontrovertible: lowering speed limits increases safety, said Yarra councillor and the coalition’s spokeswoman, Jackie Fristacky.

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