Submission for better high streets and walkability for Bulli/Thirroul

The review of traffic in Bulli and Thirroul by TfNSW is open for feedback until July 30th.

WalkSydney opposes most of the changes proposed for Bulli and Thirroul given they make walking less pleasant and less safe.

The proposed changes focus on removing kerbside parking to increase the number of lanes through the high streets. Clearways bring speeding traffic too close to people walking and result in increased noise and speeds in an area where people want to enjoy grabbing a coffee and holding a conversation.

We encourage Transport for NSW to prioritise and improve the following aspects of the proposed improvements:

  1. Apply Movement and Place framework appropriately to support high streets
  2. Increase accessibility and amenity around shopping areas
  3. Prioritisation of people over traffic speed 
  4. Reduce congestion by prioritising public transport accessibility
  5. Proper infrastructure to support safe and easy walking and cycling
  6. 30km/h speed limits in residential neighbourhoods 
  7. Adequate footpaths and walking infrastructure for Point Street and Trinity Row

Find our full submission here.

Published by Lena Huda

Lena is the founder of 30Please.org. She grew up on a quiet residential street in Germany, where 30km/h speed limits were implemented in the 80’s. From 6 years old, all children in the neighbourhood either walked or cycled to school. It was normal for children to play on the streets. Lena believes Australia needs to experience lower speed limits to grasp the positive effect on everyone’s day to day life and make it finally possible for all Australians to appreciate walking and cycling as a mode of transport, not just a recreational activity. Before moving to Australia in October in 2019, Lena has had a successful career working in senior positions for major investment banks in London. The COVID19 crisis, gave her time to reflect upon contributions she could make to society so she decided to dedicate time to launch 30Please.org. Inspired by the successful 20’s Plenty for Us campaign from the UK and by a research paper calling to reduce the default speed limit of 50km/h to 30km/h published by the British Academy “If you could do one thing…” https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/cdn-nrspp/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2017/03/21123659/dannydorling_publication_id3924.pdf Lena decided to campaign for lower speed limits. This is a science-backed low-cost measure that would save lives, prevent injuries, reduce health inequalities, reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, promote stronger communities, enable more walking and cycling and reduce obesity. Lena lives in Wollongong council and started her campaign in her local neighbourhood. https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/6789059/illawarra-motorists-back-a-cut-to-speed-limits-in-residential-areas/

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