After considering community feedback, best practice in other major capital cities, and to support City of Darwin’s Movement, Economic Development and Greening Strategies, the speed limit across most streets of the Darwin CBD is being reduced to 40km/hr from 1 November 2023.
By expanding the 40km/hr speed limit across much of the CBD, the city becomes a safer and easier place for people to move around.
It also means opportunities for people-friendly spaces like parklets - small, green spaces that are extensions of footpaths to sit, relax or eat - bike and scooter lanes, and al fresco dining.
Low-speed environments also have economic, social and environmental benefits, and the move is in line with global trends.
City of Darwin engaged with the community in looking at this option and the majority were supportive of extending the current 40km/hr areas.
A speed limit of 40km/hr already exists in Cavenagh, Smith, Bennett and Mitchell Streets, and this extension will encompass most CBD streets other than Daly and McMinn Streets, The Esplanade and Garamilla Boulevard.
City of Darwin will provide further information to the community closer to the date of the speed limits changing.