In Cork City Centre, several million euro has been spent on the upgrading and refurbishment of the main street network. In order to derive the maximum benefit from the huge investment, in terms of the improvement of the overall environment and comfort/safety for pedestrians, a 30 km/h speed limit zone is being introduced. The main streets involved in the proposed new 30 kph speed zone are St. Patrick’s Street, Grand Parade, Oliver Plunkett Street, North Main Street, Cornmarket Street and adjacent streets.
The purpose of the 30 km/h zone is to give the City Centre a higher profile in terms of being pedestrian/shopper/visitor friendly. It does not involve any restrictions to the City Centre/parking on-street or access to car parks. It should be noted that all motorists with destinations to the City Centre “become” pedestrians eventually and the objective is to make the City Centre more attractive and safer for them.
The use of 30km/h zones is widespread throughout Europe and is seen as a major road safety measure. The City Centre, because of the presence of pubs, restaurants, etc. operates a 24-hour economy and traffic speeds can increase during low traffic volumes periods during evening and night-time. The following is taken from the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) website and is based on information from the UK:
Remember a 5km/h difference in your speed could be the difference between life and death for a vulnerable road user like a pedestrian.
Hit by a car at 60kph, 9 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed.
Hit by a car at 50kph, 5 out of 10 of pedestrians will be killed.
Hit by a car at 30kph, 1 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed.”
(Source Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RSPA UK)
Cork City Centre is traditionally a busy area for pedestrians who often cross roads at areas other than recognised crossing points, and while it is impossible to predict where accidents might occur, the 30 km/h zone will give a sense of more pedestrian priority and safety. It will send out a positive message that the City Centre is an inviting, attractive and safe place to visit.
The new 30 km/h speed limit zone will come into effect on Wednesday 16th November 2011.
A map of the 30 Km/h area can be viewedbly clicking on the link below:
For Further Information Contact:
Noel Tummon Cork City Council Tel: 021 4924211 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org