Hobart CBD speed limit change to 40 km/h

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The City of Hobart is working to improve the quality, experience and safety of its commercial, retail and urban areas and will be reducing speed limits in the Hobart CBD and in suburban retail precinct areas to 40 km/h.

Speed management is a key factor in improving the safety and experience of all citizens using our streets, resulting in a calmer urban environment . Great cities and liveable urban environments around the world are created by focusing on people. 

The City of Hobart, in response to its request to the Transport Commissioner, has received approval to change the speed limit signs.

The Hobart CBD will be the first area to have its speed limit changed to 40 km/h on 1 February 2021. However, some streets in the City CBD will have lower speed limits where there are pedestrian shared zones and high bus numbers.

Once Hobart CBD speed limit changes have taken place, The City of Hobart will seek to make speed limit changes in suburban retail precincts and further applications will be made to the Transport Commission in the coming year.

See below for more information relevant to The City of Hobart and the Transport Commissioner's decision to lower the speed limit in the identified areas.

Locations of Speed Limit Reductions in Hobart's CBD from 1 February 2021

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Why is the speed limit changing?

Speed plays a big role in the severity of injuries resulting from a crash. A lower speed is safer for all road users, particularly in busy pedestrian areas like Hobart’s CBD.

Will this affect my travel time through the city?

The traffic modelling done by independent consultants GHD shows the impact on travel time through the CBD is very minimal. In addition, many of the major traffic delays are caused by vehicle crashes so a speed reduction may mean fewer delays. If vehicles move more slowly, the risk of a crash is reduced.

Does reducing the speed by 10km/h really make any difference to safety?

Reducing the speed of a vehicle allows a driver and other road users more time to react to a potential crash, and reduces the distance that a vehicle needs to stop once the brakes are applied. Road safety research also shows that people have a higher chance of surviving a crash if the vehicle speed is less than 40km/h

Why is it healthier to have lower speeds in the city?

A calmer traffic environment can reduce the stress on all road users. Lower speed urban areas encourage people to walk around the city and makes it safer and more inviting for active travel. 

What about Davey St and Macquarie St?

The speed limits on Davey St and Macquarie St will not change. They will stay as 50km/h after 1 February.

Do other cities have 40km/h speed limits?

Yes, many Australian cites have a 40km/h speed limit. Hobart already has a 40km/h speed limit throughout the Hobart waterfront and Battery Point area, in the popular dining strip in North Hobart and around schools. Moonah and Glenorchy also have 40 km/h speed zones through their busy retail strips. In some areas of Hobart, lower speed limits have been previously implemented to ensure higher levels of safety for all road users.