Motorists reminded to slow down in new 10Km/h shared zone at Artarmon

15 AUGUST 2017

Pedestrian safety has been improved along Hampden Lane at Artarmon with a new 10 km/h shared zone speed limit being introduced.

The NSW Government and Willoughby Council have introduced the new zone to ensure pedestrians, including children and the elderly, are able to move around safely in areas with high foot traffic.

“Roads and Maritime Services regularly partners with NSW councils to increase pedestrian safety by lowering speed limits to 10 km/h in areas with high pedestrian activity levels,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“Roads and Maritime has worked with Willoughby Council to redesign this length of Hampden Lane to create a pedestrian friendly, low speed environment.

“The new 10 km/h shared zone took effect last week and motorists are reminded to look out for the new signs along the lane and keep to the lower speed.”

The spokesperson said travelling at 10 km/h increases a driver’s ability to stop and avoid pedestrians, while crashes involving pedestrians at this speed are less severe.

“Motorists and cyclists are required to give way to pedestrians in the shared zone and obey the 10 km/h speed limit,” the spokesperson said.

“Motorists are reminded the 10km/h speed limit on sign-posted roads is legally enforceable and normal police enforcement procedures apply.”

Community members are encouraged to sign up at saferroadsnsw.com.au to receive updates about changes to permanent speed limits in their local area.

For more information about shared zones, visit rms.nsw.gov.au.

Media:  ROADS AND MARITIME SERVICES MEDIA UNIT 9462 6299 media@rms.nsw.gov.au

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