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Sydney Inner west council 40km/h speed limit on EVERY street

Outraged citizens have criticized a Sydney city council after it revealed plans to… introducing a speed limit of 40 km/h on all its roads.

The Inner West Council claims the speed limit would improve road safety, especially near schools.

It would be the first such move to affect an entire local government area – Inner West has a population of 186,000 and is located in the heart of Sydney.

The speed limit would mean that motorists using highways through the area will slow down.

The limits would mean that drivers who drive as low as 60 km/h will be fined $481 and lose four points from their driver’s license.

Anti-automobile councilor Pauline Lockie supports the plan, and her motion received unanimous support in the city council last week.

Councilor Pauline Lockie backs plan to impose 40kph speed limits in Sydney's Inner West

Councilor Pauline Lockie backs plan to impose 40kph speed limits in Sydney’s Inner West

The local government area is in the heart of Sydney - meaning motorists using motorways through Inner West will slow down

The local government area is in the heart of Sydney – meaning motorists using motorways through Inner West will slow down

Ms Lockie was one of the leaders in the campaign to halt one of the largest last-generation infrastructure projects in Sydney, the controversial WestConnex, which has reduced congestion and improved journey times, but has also been criticized for being too expensive. is.

In the new speed limit motion, she also proposed a clause that would see speed limits of 30 km/h near schools and areas popular with cyclists.

The council is now asking NSW Roads Secretary Natalie Ward to put in place 40km/h limits on priority streets, 40km/h speed limits on remaining local roads and 30km/h by the end of the year -limits on some streets. †

However, residents reacted furiously after Ms. Lockie shared the plans on Facebook.

‘This is madness. 40 km/h is already too slow – maybe defensible past schools during the start/end of school, but 30 km/h?!? Have we lost our minds?

“Why don’t we literally wrap ourselves in cotton wool to minimize the damage from impact, rather than just metaphorically,” said one man.

“Great – let’s block the Inner West some more and make it even harder to get by, what a joke,” said another.

“Might as well make it a car-free zone,” complained a third. “Walking muppet alone.”

She also proposed a clause that would introduce speed limits of 30 km/h near schools and areas popular with cyclists

She also proposed a clause that would introduce speed limits of 30 km/h near schools and areas popular with cyclists

The council is now asking NSW Roads Secretary Natalie Ward to put in place 40km/h limits on priority streets, 40km/h speed limits on remaining local roads and 30km/h by the end of the year -limits on some streets.

The council is now asking NSW Roads Secretary Natalie Ward to put in place 40km/h limits on priority streets, 40km/h speed limits on remaining local roads and 30km/h by the end of the year -limits on some streets.

“Jesus, everyone should wrap themselves in cotton wool and not leave the house in case they get hurt,” said an annoyed man.

‘How about keeping pedestrians off the road? I mean seriously, we’re now at 50kph, 40kph through school zones, is that enough,” said another.

“40 is absolutely ridiculous for any road, 100 percent revenue increase,” said one man concerned about speeding tickets.

“I think all speed limits should be 5 km/h, then there will be no deaths at all,” was a sarcastic comment.

Only Transport for NSW can implement the speed changes. Ms Lockie said it has yet to make the change, although it had expressed its support.

She said she was told that a lack of money for new signs was the cause of the slow progress.

Some have supported her efforts to lower the speed limit.

Residents reacted furiously after Ms Lockie shared the plans on Facebook

Residents reacted furiously after Ms Lockie shared the plans on Facebook

Bridget Foley, spokesperson for Safe-Streets-to-School Inner West, said: Sydney City Hub: ‘Children and parents want to be able to walk, walk or cycle to school in the Inner West, especially with their friends. To make this possible, we need safe speed limits on our streets.’

‘A car with a speed of 30 km/h and a reaction time of 1 second stops after 13 meters. A car traveling at 50 km/h with the same reaction time is still traveling at 50 km/h and needs 27 meters to stop.’

WalkSydney, an organization pushing for speed limits of 30 km/h in Sydney to improve pedestrian safety, wants the council to go further.

“Research shows that a fatal injury to a pedestrian is at least twice as likely to be an accident at 40 km/h than at 30 km/h, and at lower speeds drivers have more time to react to the unexpected,” said WalkSydney .

“The international evidence is overwhelming that 30 km/h speed limits are safer, make neighborhoods more walkable and enjoyable and only marginally extend travel times.”

It comes after it was revealed that a speed camera in Melbourne has left locals living in fear as it collects fines totaling more than $20,000 worth every day – most of them for drivers driving no faster than 50 km/h.

A group of concerned locals, led by a mother from Mount Eliza, have launched their campaign against the rogue speed camera dubbed the ‘Frankston Speed ​​Camera’.

They claim the camera is ‘getting out of hand’ and rounding up people who have done nothing wrong at the intersection of Nepean Highway and Davey Street in Frankston in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs.

The Frankston Flasher is located at the intersection of Davey Street and the Nepean Highway in Melbourne (pictured), where locals say it has been wreaking havoc since it was turned on

The Frankston Flasher is located at the intersection of Davey Street and the Nepean Highway in Melbourne (pictured), where locals say it has been wreaking havoc since it was turned on

Maria Davoren (pictured) has taken matters into her own hands and keeps track of how much money the locals have fined as a result of the camera

Maria Davoren (pictured) has taken matters into her own hands and keeps track of how much money the locals have fined as a result of the camera

Some members of the group claim that the camera has flashed at them when they are much less than the speed limit, or even come to a complete stop.

The municipality lowered the speed limit along the stretch of highway from 50 km/h to 40 km/h to allow for a ‘temporary outdoor eating zone’ along the road in October 2021.

The camera has made more than $370,000 since it was modified in May to enforce the new limit. More than 830 people have added their fines to the local population census.

When the speed limits are changed, speed cameras are briefly disabled and reconfigured.

According to the office of Victorian Road Safety Secretary Ben Carroll, signs were put up to inform drivers of the new speed limit.

Six flashing highway signs designed to warn motorists that the 40kph zone extends from the restaurant strip to the intersection with Davey Street have yet to be connected to power, locals say.

According to Mr. Carroll’s office, the boards will be connected to power in the coming weeks.

The electronic signs warning drivers that they are still in a 40 km/h zone (photo) are not yet connected to the power

The electronic signs warning drivers that they are still in a 40 km/h zone (photo) are not yet connected to the power

The camera haphazardly books commuters and celebrities alike - Gamble Breaux, star of Real Housewives of Melbourne, was caught three times by the speed camera

The camera haphazardly books commuters and celebrities alike – Gamble Breaux, star of Real Housewives of Melbourne, was caught three times by the speed camera

Maria Davoren, who founded the group and a database of complaints against the camera, has since appeared in the media to publicize her campaign.

Mount Eliza’s mother wanted to make sure those in her group didn’t come across as “hoons.”

“It’s great that this is getting attention as our numbers grow.

“I founded the group on May 30, and since then I’ve counted nearly $400,000 in fines. This figure is very conservative,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.

Locals and travelers alike use the group to share their experiences with the Frankston Flasher.

Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gamble Breaux is among those who posted to the group, claiming the camera also flashed her three times.

“The Frankston Flasher camera has gotten out of hand, and that’s coming from someone who’s been doing reality TV for 10 years.

“I became aware of Frankston’s Camera Shark … flashing, waiting at the intersection on the other side of the road,” she wrote.

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