Safer Speed Zones for Manly

Member for Manly James Griffin has today announced a new reduced school speed zone of 30 km/h will be implemented in Manly to provide a safer environment for local residents to walk, cycle and commute.

“As COVID-19 restrictions ease, we are seeing a higher volume of people walking, cycling and exercising in the area,” Mr Griffin said.

“To support the increase in activity and improve safety, the existing 50 km/h and 40 km/h speed limits will be reduced as Transport for NSW works to transform Sydney’s streets through active transport measures.”

New 30 km/h school zones will be introduced for:

  • Manly Village Public School;
  • Royal Far West School, Manly;
  • St Mary’s Catholic School, Manly.

Mr Griffin said special 30 km/h orange school zone signs and road markings will be installed to emphasise the reduced school zone speed limit.

“Pedestrians have a 40 per cent risk of dying in a crash with an impact speed of 40 km/h, but this falls only to a 10 per cent risk when the impact speed is 30 km/h,” Mr Griffin said.

“Our priority is ensuring people can remain safe while getting to and from work, or getting the kids to school, as we begin to adjust to the new normal.

“We’ve been working with Northern Beaches Council to identify busy pedestrian locations and we want to provide the community with a safer environment to exercise and move around while ensuring they’re able to practise physical distancing.”

Mr Griffin said the new pedestrian-friendly speed limits will allow more people to enjoy the streets of Manly and move around safely.

“I’m proud the NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council have been so quick to identify this opportunity to keep people safe in Manly. As we start moving again, I’d encourage everyone to reconsider the way they travel and consider how they could use other modes such as walking or cycling as alternative routes to work, school or university,” Mr Griffin said.

“These are just some of the measures we are putting into place across Sydney. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with councils to identify busy locations where we can implement changes to ensure people can safely distance themselves.”

The new safe speed zones follow the release of the NSW Government’s COVIDSafe Transport Plan, which outlines the enhancement of pedestrian access to allow more people to take up active transport.

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