Ipswich Council will consider reducing the speed limit in the city’s CBD in a bid to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
The council is seeking input from all sections of the community for its review into speed limits in the CBD before implementing any measures and will use State Government funding for its review.
Mayor Teresa Harding says the area to be considered in the review encompasses the Ipswich CBD bounded by Bremer Street, Milford Street, Roderick Street and Darling Street East.
“Brisbane Street from Top of Town down to East Street is currently the only 40km/h zone within the Ipswich CBD and this grant provides the opportunity to explore the potential to lower speeds in other streets within the Ipswich CBD,” she says.
Division 3 councillor Andrew Fechner says other city centres with comparable pedestrian volumes have lowered speed limits to improve safety.
“We know it takes cars longer to stop the faster they are travelling, and this study will consider road safety initiatives to implement lower speed limits in high walking and riding areas,” Cr Fechner says.
“I encourage everyone who uses CBD roads and footpaths to have their say on Shape Your Ipswich”.
Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee chairperson and Division 3 Councillor Marnie Doyle says the ongoing CBD revitalisation will see more people walking, cycling, and scootering in Ipswich Central.
“Lower speed limits can increase safety for all road users and increase trading opportunities for CBD businesses by facilitating additional footpath dining and making window shopping a more enjoyable experience,” Cr Doyle says.
“Many people would think this would mean longer travel times through the CBD, however, in most instances the travel time difference would be insignificant, averaging less than 30 seconds extra time”
Community feedback is currently being sought for the proposal on Shape Your Ipswich here.
The opportunity to provide comment ends on February 28, 2022.