Changes to speed limits in Waverley

To achieve ‘vision zero’, with zero fatalities and minimal serious injuries, Council is proposing to reduce speed limits from 50km/h to 40km/h across the Waverley Local Government Area (LGA).

Why is Waverley going 40km?

In various community consultations, Waverley residents raised concerns around pedestrian safety and the overwhelming need for cars to travel slower in their neighbourhoods.

It also will help achieve ‘vision zero’, with zero fatalities and minimal serious injuries and reflects our People, Movement and Places (2017) strategy which aims to make it easier for everyone to travel by improving the quality of streetscapes and public places.

Which roads will be 40km?

All local roads within Waverley will eventually be 40km/h. The project has been broken up into stages. Stage 1 spans from Bondi Road and Syd Einfield Drive to the southern boundary of the Local Government Area (LGA).

  • Roads not included in the proposed speed zone changes are Carrington Road, Council Street or Bondi Road.

When will this all be happening?

Indicative datesActivities
Nov 2019 – Jan 2020         Community awareness campaign
Mar 2020 – Jan 2021           Installation of traffic calming devices
2021         Enforcement of 40km on all roads except Carrington Rd, Council St and Bondi Rd.

Lower speed limits is just revenue raising.

Council do not enforce speed limits or earn any revenue from any NSW Police enforcement of the road rules. Waverley has a lot of High Pedestrian Activity, this change will be a massive benefit to pedestrians, cyclists and the broader community's safety.

What evidence do you have reducing speeds works?

The introduction of a 50km/h default urban speed limit within Australia resulted in a 23% reduction in casualty crashes, with public support for speed changes increasing significantly after the introduction of the lower speed limit. The widespread introduction of 40km/h school zones resulted in a further 24% reduction in pedestrian and bicycle crashes surrounding school areas.

I’m a good driver, why should I be punished?

Even good drivers make mistakes and many crashes involve two or more parties.

By slowing everyone down just a little, this may mean you are able to avoid a driver who isn’t paying attention to the road or a child that hasn’t looked before running out onto the streets.

Lower speed limits just annoy drivers, causes road rage and will make our streets move slower.

There is no evidence of increased road rage incidents in areas designated by either 40 km/h or 50 km/h speed limits. Delays to drivers are generally caused at intersections, from congestion and from finding a car park. We always recommend to residents who are concerned with this to try the difference before the 40 km/h speed limit is brought in and see the change in driving time.

Won’t this make travel times longer?

Potentially, however the impact of the change to 40kmh will have a negligible impact upon travel times as they amount to an increase of approximately 15%, for example a journey from Bronte Beach to Carrington Rd (an arterial road) that is 1.85kms would take 2:46 minutes, whilst at 50km/h the same journey would take 2:13mins (note both of these calculations assume not stopping at intersections or traffic lights).

What are ‘traffic calming treatments’?

Traffic calming treatments or devices assist in creating a self-enforced 40km/h speed environment. Example: road hump, pedestrian crossing, refuge island, medium strip

Which roads aren’t included and why?

Bondi Rd, Carrington Rd and Council St are all State Government roads under review in other projects through Transport NSW.

You say high pedestrian areas – where exactly are these?

These are areas of high pedestrian activity, near shopping strips, railway stations, bus interchanges, beach-sides and services such as medical centres.

What is the stopping distance at 50kmh and 40kmh?

At 50km/h it is 35m. At 40km/h it is 26m.

What is an arterial road?

State road – managed by Transport NSW.

In the project area you have referred to zones. What are these? What are the zones?

Zone 1 – Bondi Junction – York Rd, Birrell St, Council St to Syd Einfield Dr

Zone 2 – Birrell St to Daley Rd and Carrington Rd

Zone 3 – Bondi Rd to Birrell St from Tamarama Beach to Council St

Zone 4 – Birrell St and Bronte Rd from Bronte Beach to Carrington Rd

Zone 5 – Bronte Rd (south) to Boundary St, to the south of Waverley Cemetery, up towards Varna Rd to bottom of Queens Park

A map demonstrating the different zones of stage one. There are 5 zones

Will parking be affected?

Where we can, we have reduced parking loss. Throughout the entire project, we will only lose three spots on the corner of Queens Park Rd and Bourke Rd.

Can I have a say on this?

Council has made the decision to change the speed limits across Waverley. However, we will have a have your say page inviting any comments you may have on the specific treatment that may be on your street. We invite you to keep your eyes on haveyoursay.waverley.nsw.gov.au.