Road safety

Cover of Urban Speed Management in Australia
Urban Speed Management in Australia
  • Publication no: AP-118-96
  • ISBN: 0 85588 463 0
  • Published: 1 January 1996

This report consolidates existing urban speed management practices and documentation, and considers issues of concern. The lessons learned from urban speed limit changes both in Australia and overseas are reviewed.

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1. Project outline
    • 1.2. Method of investigation
    • 1.3. Definition - Road classification
    • 1.4. Definition - Types of speed limit
    • 1.5. Current practice
  • 2. SPEED AND ACCIDENTS
    • 2.1. Fundamental Issues
    • 2.2. Vehicle speeds and pedestrian safety
    • 2.3. The scope of the safety problem on local streets
    • 2.4. Recent overseas experience with lower limits
  • 3. URBAN SPEED MANAGEMENT
    • 3.1. General principles
    • 3.2. Communicating speed limits to the driver
  • 4. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    • 4.1. Recent developments in speed zoning practice
    • 4.2. Comparison with overseas practice
    • 4.3. Australian inquiries into speed zoning
    • 4.4. Australian experience of lower speed limits in residential areas
    • 4.5. Community perceptions of lower speed limits
  • 5. IMPACTS OF LOWER SPEEDS ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS
    • 5.1. Overview of impacts
    • 5.2. Road safety
    • 5.3. Amenity
    • 5.4. The environment
    • 5.5. Travel times
  • 6. APPROPRIATE SPEEDS FOR URBAN ROADS
    • 6.1. Application of 40, 50 and 60 km/h limits
    • 6.2. Urban speed limit hierarchy
    • 6.3. How a 50 km/h limit could be applied on local streets
    • 6.4. Terminology
  • 7. A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO SPEED MANAGEMENT
    • 7.1. Effecting changes to urban speed management
    • 7.2. Communicating urban speed management practice
    • 7.3. Enforcement
    • 7.4. Coordination
    • 7.5. Evaluation
    • 7.6. Creating a culture of compliance
  • 8. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
  • REFERENCES
  • APPENDIX I - SPEED LIMITS IN AUSTRALIA AND THEIR ENFORCEMENT: CURRENT POSITION