There are fewer people walking around Melbourne's CBD right now, but once we get back to some normality in the next 12 months, you can expect that there'll be people walking left, right, and centre once again.
To help you get on your way around Melbourne's amazing shops, restaurants, and even workplaces, the City of Melbourne will be reducing speed limits on Melbourne's 'Little Streets' and changing road rules to make sure pedestrians have the right of way.
Flinders Lane, Little Collins, Little Bourke, and Little Lonsdale will all have their speed limits reduced from 40 km/h to 20 km/h. Pedestrians will also have right of way in these streets over vehicles and bikes.
Most footpaths on these streets are just two metres wide, not nearly wide enough for the amount of pedestrian traffic that they get. It also makes it difficult to operate in a world where we still need to keep a physical distance between ourselves and others going about their day. The new rules will allow for a safer space for all Melburnians, and visitors to the city.
The changes will be rolled out from September 2020 with the 20km/h speed limit due to come into effect. Signage, stencils on the road, speed bumps, and tree planter boxes will also be installed on the one-way streets.
This new initiative is part of the City of Melbourne's 'Transport Strategy 2030' which you can read here.
The project also helps fast track the city's plans for 40km of new bike lanes around the city. Read more about that initiative here.
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