Safety upgrades for high pedestrian areas in Zetland and Waterloo

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Pedestrian safety around Zetland and Waterloo will be improved, with the NSW Government delivering infrastructure upgrades at busy pedestrian locations.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said City of Sydney Council will receive $986,000 to introduce new 40km/h speed limits on local roads in high foot traffic areas.

“The lower speed limit will ensure pedestrians, especially children and the elderly, are able to move more safely in the local area.

“This is a key initiative of the NSW Road Safety Plan 2021 to create liveable and safe urban communities by reducing the risk, incidence and severity of crashes on NSW roads.

“The funding will allow City of Sydney to design and implement the extension of 40km/h High Pedestrian Activity Areas on local roads around Zetland and Waterloo areas, which are experiencing an increased rate of population growth.

“It will also provide more protection for pedestrians at the traffic lights at Bridge Road and Ross Street at Forest Lodge.

“40km/h zones are being introduced on local roads across an area bounded by Elizabeth, Cleveland and South Dowling streets and Epsom Road.

“There will be no changes to the current speed limits on Botany Road, O’Riordan Street and McEvoy Street.”

High Pedestrian Activity Areas are identified near shopping precincts, railway stations, bus interchanges, beach-sides and services, such as medical centres, after an evaluation by the local council and Roads and Maritime Services,” the spokesperson said.

“The safety upgrades will alert drivers they are entering a place for people, making them more aware of the presence of pedestrians.”

An evaluation of the High Pedestrian Activity Area program completed by the NSW Centre for Road Safety showed that they reduced pedestrian deaths and serious injury by 46 per cent. 

Travelling at 40km/h improves a driver’s ability to stop and avoid pedestrians. Crashes involving pedestrians at 40km/h compared to 50km/h halves the risk of a fatality crash.