Grosvenor Lane Shared Zone
North Sydney Council will be upgrading Grosvenor Lane between Ben Boyd Road and Young Street to a Shared Zone during the next six months. The proposal will see the laneway upgraded to include new paving, furniture, landscaping and night time safety improvements by bringing the laneway up to current lighting standards.
What is a Shared Zone?
A Shared Zone is a road or network of roads where the road space is shared safely by vehicles and pedestrians. The maximum speed limit is always 10 km/h (this is close to the walking speed for most pedestrians). There may be no road lines, kerb or gutter in a Shared Zone to show that pedestrians and vehicles are equal. Drivers must give way to pedestrians at all times. Vehicles can only stop in a Shared Zone if they obey the parking signs and park in marked bays, if they are provided. Drivers travelling at a lower speed are better able to control their vehicles and safely avoid impact with other road users.
What is involved in introducing a Shared Zone?
The project will include: full width pedestrian paving (similar to Young Lane), new garden beds, tree planting, bike racks, bins, and lighting adjustments to bring them up to the standard of North Sydney Council and the RMS. To encourage drivers to drivers to reduce speed, the carriageway will be reduced in width while maintaining access for driveways and parking.
Why is this being introduced?
This is part of a larger project (Public Domain Upgrade) to make Neutral Bay more appealing as a shopping destination for residents and visitors. Council has been revitalising the shopping and commercial strip to make it more attractive for shoppers and to reinforce the ‘village vibe’. The introduction of a Shared Zone will improve accessibility and there will be tactiles in key locations to improve access for people that are visually impaired. Introduction of a Shared Zone was an identified treatment in Council’s Local Area Traffic Management Plan (LATM) for Zone 5. Item T.41 identifies that Grosvenor Lane between Ben Boyd Road and Young Street has ‘high pedestrian activity but no footpaths.’
What is the timeline? Enquiries
Construction is expected to commence in September 2019. Additional enquiries in relation to these works should be directed to Council’s Engineering Project Manager, Shahid Rehman, on 9936 8277.
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