City of Darwin is asking the public for their thoughts on changes to CBD speed limits and the introduction of bike lanes in central Darwin.
Major Australian cities have reduced speed limits in built-up areas, and it has seen greater use of micro-mobility devices, shading and greening, increased activation, along with social and economic benefits, including improved business conditions.
City of Darwin would seek public feedback on the prospect of reducing speed limits and the introduction of bicycle lanes in the Darwin CBD.
This follows a report on driver behaviour in the CBD which went to Council in November last year.
Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said “The report showed that in the CBD the majority of drivers were already driving at speeds lower than the speed limit,
“Although the CBD speed limit is 50 km/h our study showed drivers are already driving to the conditions and driving below the speed limit.
“While States like Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have reduced speed limits we don’t think a 30 km/h speed limit would be suitable for Darwin.
The Lord Mayor said City of Darwin also wanted to know the public’s view on the introduction of defined bicycle lanes in the CBD.
“More people are riding bikes to work nowadays and it’s something we want to encourage because it fits with City of Darwin’s aim for a cleaner greener city. But we have to find a way of safely accommodating bike riders in our road safety mix."
Our strategic directions for A Safe, Liveable and Healthy City, and A Cool, Clean and Green City means working with the public to achieve these through consultation and imlementation so we are committed to future proofing our CBD for the safety of all residents.
You can have your say by visiting Engagement survey runs from Monday 27 March to Friday 14 April and can be found at https://engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/cbd-speed-limit-consultation