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Speed management and integrated treatments

Speed management

Safe speeds are a key component of the Safe System. The Safe System aspires to interaction speeds of around 30 km/h where pedestrians are involved.

For additional guidance for local governments on introducing lower urban speed limits, email TMR.Speed@tmr.qld.gov.au

TMR endorsed guidance

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Pedestrian malls and high-volume pedestrian locations

Pedestrian malls separate people walking and vehicles. They are open spaces specifically designed to support commercial activity and provide a pleasant environment in which people can conduct business, relax or be entertained. These spaces must provide for convenient and safe travel for all pedestrians.
Other high-volume pedestrian locations may include entertainment or sporting venues, major shopping centres, and footpaths and crossings in the CBD and other busy shopping areas.

TMR endorsed guidance

  • MUTCD Part 4: Speed Controls, part 4.3.2 Shared Zones and 4.3.4 High Active Transport User Area Zone (Department of Transport and Main Roads, 2019)
  • AS1742 Manual of uniform traffic control devices Part 10: Pedestrian control and protection, 10 Pedestrian Malls

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High Active Transport User Areas (HATUAs)

High Active Transport User Areas (HATUAs) encourage social activity and have a significant value to the community as a 'place' for people to gather.

Roads and streets that are considered to be within HATUAs have land uses and developments that generate or attract levels of pedestrians and cyclists that are considered higher than typical.

A speed limit of 30 km/h or 40 km/h may be adopted (subject to certain conditions).

TMR endorsed guidance

Shared zones

This is a zone with the speed limit applied to an area or length of road that is shared by vehicles and people walking and cycling.

Shared zones are generally constructed in areas where the competing demands of people walking, cycling, driving and parking require a form of control which allows complete and safe pedestrian mobility.

A speed limit of 10 km/h applies.

TMR endorsed guidance

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School zones

These are used to regulate the speed limit near schools.

TMR endorsed guidance

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Local access streets/residential streets

Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) involves modification of the street environment to achieve outcomes such as reduced speeds, reduced through-traffic, fewer crashes and improved amenity. Perimeter and internal treatments are generally used.

The default speed limit for a road in a built-up area is 50 km/h. A speed limit of 40 km/h may be adopted in local areas (subject to certain conditions).

TMR endorsed guidance

  • MUTCD Part 4: Speed Controls, part 4.3.5 Local access street (Department of Transport and Main Roads, 2019)
  • AS1742 Manual of uniform traffic control devices Part 13: Local Area Traffic Management

Other useful resource

Last updated
31 August 2021