30km/h speed target in Global Road Safety Week city

City speed limits to drop even further

City speed limits used to be 60km/h, then they dropped to 50km/h, then 40km/h and now a Melbourne council wants to reduce speed limits in a special zone to 30km/h. Interestingly, the Yarra Council cites crashes involving “vulnerable road users” including motorcyclists as the reason for the speed drop. In fact, they point out that …

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Ripple strips on the Oxley highway

Riders challenge Oxley Highway ripple strips

Ripple strips on double white lines and edge lines on two sections of the Oxley Highway have been challenged by local riders as slippery, dangerous and “madness”. However, the Roads and Maritime Services says they will prevent drivers dangerously crossing on to the wrong side of the road and follow complaints raised by riders in November …

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Epidemic of reduced speed limits in 2016

Are there too many changes in speed zones?

Despite a 2014 Austroads report finding there are too many speed zones and the frequency of zone changes is too high, chances of authorities making any changes as a result of the report are minimal, an Austroads official admits. The 116-page “Model National Guidelines for Setting Speed Limits at High-Rick Locations” report is not a …

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M1 speed limit

State ‘reviews’ highway speed limit

Queensland’s widest and best-engineered highway, the M1 from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, faces a “review” of speeds after the limit was reduced by 10km/h for the Commonwealth Games. If such a well-built road has its speed reduced, what will happen to the rest of the roads in the state? Already speeds have been reduced …

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Tex and Bundy on the Save the Oxley ride - Motorcycle Friendly Town (Photo: Keoghs Vision Photography) reprieve - blitz battle

Riders to lose Oxley speed battle?

Riders seem set to lose their battle against speed reductions on the Oxley Highway with the mountain section to decrease as much as 20km/h. The details of the proposal have not yet been made public. However, the Roads and Maritime Services told us their speed review along a 44km section of the Oxley Highway between Long …

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Oxley Highway speed hopes improve

The fate of an Oxley Highway speed zone review may have improved with the appointment of the local member as the new NSW Roads and Maritime Services Minister. “Save the Oxley” petition organiser Ken Healey believes Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey is prepared to negotiate on speed limit changes which include reductions by as much as …

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Epidemic of reduced speed limits in 2016 fuel economy designer

Epidemic of reduced speed limits in 2016

One of the worrying trends in 2016 was the epidemic of reduced speed zones around the country, many on great motorcycle roads. The two high-profile examples were the reduction of the open speed limit on a Northern Territory highway to 130km/h and the planned reduction of speed limits in several places on the Oxley Highway. …

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Tex and Bundy on the Save the Oxley ride - Motorcycle Friendly Town (Photo: Keoghs Vision Photography) reprieve - blitz battle

Oxley Highway wins Xmas speed reprieve

Riders can still ride the Oxley Highway with realistic speed limits this Christmas after winning a reprieve from the Roads and Maritime Services. The RMS had earlier this year decided to reduce speed limits in several locations along the famed motorcycle road, beginning with a short stretch near Wauchope in September. Local residents and businesses …

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10 reasons you should ride to Save the Oxley

10 reasons you should ride to Save the Oxley

Thousands of riders, locals, politicians and business people are expected to attend the Save the Oxley rally tomorrow (Saturday, November 5, 2016) at Gingers Creek to protest reduced speed limits. Organiser Ken Healey, who also organised a petition attracting about 7000 signatures, says the local TV and print media will cover the Save the Oxley …

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