Yarra City Council is trialling a 30km/h area-wide speed limit in a pocket of Fitzroy and Collingwood.
There is clear evidence that slower travel speeds save lives. We want to make livelier, healthier streets that everyone can enjoy, whether they are walking, driving or riding. We know it might seem like a big change, but we think 30km/h has potentially huge benefit, for comparatively little inconvenience, and we think it’s worth investigating.
Thanks for your support. Thanks for 30.
What our supporters say
“When traffic speeds are 30 km/h or less, not only does the crash rate come down for all road users, but the streets feel different -- less frantic and threatening, and more friendly and welcoming, especially for people on bikes. Everybody wins.”
Anthea Hargreaves, General Manager, Public Affairs, Bicycle Network
“Slowing speeds to 30km/h makes it safer for people to be more active in their neighbourhoods. At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 35 per cent.”
Kellie-Ann Jolly, CEO, Heart Foundation
“30km/h limits are the developing global standard for places where motor vehicles mix with pedestrians and cyclists. Across the world, communities are saying that “20’s Plenty where people are” (in mph) and are “Loving 30” (in km/h) – it’s great that this now includes Yarra.”
Rod King MBE, Founder and Campaign Director, 20's Plenty for Us
“The Pedestrian Council of Australia has been campaigning for 30 km/h zones for over a decade. The safety, community and commercial benefits are irrefutable. These zones are throughout Europe and the UK and NZ. We congratulate Yarra City on this vitally important initiative.”
Harold Scruby, Chairman/CEO, Pedestrian Council of Australia
“Neighbourhoods with 30km/h speeds are safer and more social as people are able to be out talking with other locals, and there are fewer road crashes. They are happy, liveable neighbourhoods and so we expect more communities will want 30km/h streets when the trial is finished.”
Ben Rossiter, Executive Officer, Victoria Walks
“Lower speeds make the roads safer for everyone, especially vulnerable cyclists. 30km/h speed limits are being introduced across the world. We congratulate the City of Yarra on trialling 30km/h and encourage other councils to adopt this important road safety measure.”
Phoebe Dunn, CEO, Amy Gillett Foundation
“The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons recognises the major role that excessive speed plays in the causation of serious road crashes and supports appropriate speed limits being adopted - having regard for the environment, traffic density and other considerations. Enforcement of programs and initiatives such as Thanks for 30 along with the regular review of speed limits in our metropolitan areas is imperative to reducing unnecessary trauma and fatalities.”
Dr John Crozier FRACS, FRCST, DDU, Chair, RACS National Trauma Committee