We believe our residential and urban streets in Australia should be safe for people who walk or cycle.
In February 2020 Global Ministers mandated 20mph or 30km/h speed limits wherever cyclists or pedestrians mix with motor vehicles with exceptions only where strong evidence exists that higher speeds are safe. This was endorsed in August 2020 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
We are campaigning for 30km/h speed limits to be the norm for our neighbourhood streets in Australia. Of course, we can have higher speed limits on main streets and arterial roads. On those streets we need separation for people to be safe: cycle lanes, footpaths and pedestrian priority crossings.
There is less than a 10 percent risk that somebody walking will be killed at an impact speed of 30km/h but a 90 percent risk at 50km/h.
We need a strategy to create a safe and connected walking and cycling network in Australia. Sharing existing streets by driving slowly on those that are not very important for cars is a sensible solution, not only from a cost perspective.
Inspired by 20splenty.org
30km/h on local streets chosen as one of the Big ideas for the SydneySummit – the Committee for Sydney’s flagship conference for political and business leaders. Watch our founder’s 5 minute pitch and media coverage here: https://safe-streets-to-school.org/sydney-summit-2023/
30Please supports the newly founded Better Streets movement. The group aims to supercharge the process of reclaiming street space for walking and cycling in our cities and towns. One of their 5 key asks involves 30km/h speeds in residential streets. https://www.betterstreets.info/
NSW Movement and place guideline recommends precinct-wide speed reduction to 30km/h to improve safety and quality of public space. https://www.movementandplace.nsw.gov.au/standards/design-solutions/precinct-wide-speed-reduction-improve-safety-and-quality-public-space
Some more 30km/h zones announced in NSW. https://micromobilityreport.com.au/infrastructure/all-other-infrastructure/30kmh-precinct-for-wollongong-region-town/
30Please founder Lena Huda was invited to speak at a panel at the NSW Mobility Summit. https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/active-transport-mobility-summit
30Please forms part of a new alliance of 13 Australian organisations from diverse fields including the Heart Foundation, the Australasian College for Road Safety, the Climate Council for lower urban default speed limits. https://aspactivity.org/three-transport-priorities/
Grattan Institute recommends 30km/h urban default: https://grattan.edu.au/report/grattan-car-plan/
30please is part of the recently announced #Streetsforlife global movement led by the United Nations calling for 30km/h speed limits where people mix with motor vehicles. Everyone can get involved and sign the Open Letter, get more info and show support: unroadsafetyweek.org
Healthy Cities Illawarra supported by Safe Streets to School Wollongong and 30please was awarded a grant by the NSW government for a pilot with three schools. Helping the schools to advocate for infrastructure improvements and a Slow Down Day will form part of the pilot. https://healthycities.org.au/programs/safe-and-active-routes-to-school-saarts/
30km/h limit for non arterial roads won price for Best Low Cost Idea at the NSW Public Space Ideas competition brought to you by the NSW Government and Committee for Sydney https://sydney.org.au/psic/entry/30-kph-limit-for-non-arterial-roads/