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Slashing Car Speed Limits can Help Tackle Obesity Epidemic: Experts

by VR Sreeraman on November 23, 2008 at 12:43 PM
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 Slashing Car Speed Limits can Help Tackle Obesity Epidemic: Experts

In suburban streets, speed limits should be reduced to 30km/h to encourage people to walk and cycle and tackle the obesity epidemic, say experts.

According to Griffith University transport planning researcher Matthew Burke, cutting speeds from 50km/h on local streets would not only reduce road trauma, it would also curb obesity rates by encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

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"A car can stop in 3m travelling at 30km/h," the couriermail.com.au quoted Burke, as saying.

"It would make walking safe for everyone, it would make cycling safe enough for grandmas. It would be a very easy thing to do ... for next to no money," the expert added.
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Dr Burke said cutting neighbourhood speed limits to 30km/h would make walking or cycling to school safer for children.

"By reducing road speeds, you limit traffic danger," he said.

"I think it's a joke that we think we're doing kids a favour with a 40km/h safety zone around schools when best practice globally is for all local streets to be down at 30km/h."

Lowering the speed limit indirectly addresses parents' fear of stranger danger, Dr Burke said.

Source: ANI
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