Bayswater Council slows down speed limit to 40km/h in town centre

Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull with Cr Giorgia Johnson.  The City of Bayswater is set to implement a 40 km/h zone in the Bayswater town site. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d484947
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull with Cr Giorgia Johnson. The City of Bayswater is set to implement a 40 km/h zone in the Bayswater town site. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d484947

SPEED limits will drop to 40km/h in the Bayswater Town Centre, in a bid to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

At last night’s committee meeting, the council voted 5-5 before Deputy Mayor and committee chair Chris Cornish used his casting vote to pass the change, which includes sections of King William Street, Coode Street, Whatley Crescent and Beechboro Road South.

Following a review of speed limits in March, Main Roads WA have agreed to implement a 40 km/h zone in the town centre.

Mayor Dan Bull said the change would put people before cars.

“The growing retail and caf strip in Bayswater’s Town Centre is buzzing with activity, especially on weekends,” he said.

“It makes sense that traffic should be slower in an area with so much roadside activity.

“The lower maximum speed will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, encouraging more people to slow down and spend time in our town centre.

“This can only be a good thing for local businesses.”