Kirribilli and Milsons Point HPAA
Council is seeking community feedback on the concept design for the implementation of Kirribilli and Milsons Point High Pedestrian Activity Area 40km/h
The project is a response to Council’s efforts to provide a safer environment for all road users. It is 100% funded by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) via a significant grant funding for the 2019/20 financial year as part of their NSW Safe Speeds in High Pedestrian Activity and Local Areas program.
A design concept has been developed proposing traffic calming devices such as pedestrian crossings and raised and flush thresholds, these road treatments help to distinguish the different driving conditions and create a self-enforcing maximum 40km/h speed environment within the village centres.
Benefits of 40km/h speed limits
Travelling at lower speeds improves driver’s ability to stop at a safer distance to avoid crashes, otherwise reduce the severity of a crash.
Statistics show that there was a 33% reduction in crashes causing serious injuries and deaths between 2005 and 2015 where 40km/h zones have been introduced. These zones include busy shopping precincts and neighbourhoods.
Lower speed limits contribute to improved network efficiency on key travel routes by reducing the number of crashes and associated delays.
The proposed concept design achieves no loss in parking spaces. Vehicles will still be able to park on top of the raised thresholds where there is existing kerbside parking.
Expanded pedestrian/footpath space, gardens and landscaping areas
Safer environment for all road users.
Traffic and speed counts obtained in 2018 in Kirribilli and Milsons Point as part of the High Pedestrian Activity Area Traffic Study found that parts of Broughton Street and Alfred Street South had 85th percentile speeds between 40-50km/h – these sections need to be treated with traffic calming devices to create a self-enforcing 40km/h road environment. Treatments proposed elsewhere in the study area are proposed to support improved pedestrian access and amenity, and to alert motorists that they are entering a changed road environment.
Have your Say
Consultation for the project was from 17 January to 17 February 2020, and is now closed.