Greater Shepparton City Council has installed new speed restriction signs, in readiness for the introduction of a 40 kilometre per hour zone in Shepparton’s central business district.
The introduction of the new speed limit will create a much safer CBD for pedestrians, cyclists and those travelling in vehicles.
Based on data from Regional Roads Victoria, the probability of a fatality from a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian where the vehicle is travelling at 50 kilometres per hour is approximately 90 per cent. Lowering the speed of the vehicle from 50 kilometre per hour to 40 kilometre per hour reduces this from 90 per cent to less than 40 per cent.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Infrastructure Phil Hoare says “Council has been working with Regional Roads Victoria, traders and residents within the CBD boundary on the changes to the speed limits within the CBD.”
“This is a major safety improvement for our community and at the most will result in an increased travel time of 15 seconds, a small price to pay. This initiative is being delivered in conjunction with other road safety measures across the CBD including the introduction of pedestrian crossings at various locations that have been installed over the past few months.”
“Many other regional cities in Victoria such as Geelong, Bendigo and Wodonga have already changed their speeds to 40 kilometres per hour within the CBDs.”
Council has the signs in place and ready to be unveiled once formal approval is received from the relevant authority.
For the location of the new speed zone, please download the map from the link below.