The first of a series of pedestrian safety works is well under way at the Edward and Queen streets roundabout in a bid to make the CBD safer.

Council announced last year it had been successful in obtaining funding from the Transport Accident Commission’s Safe System Road Infrastructure Program to undertake the works and introduce a 40-kilometre an hour speed limit on non-arterial roads.

The limit will come into effect next month.

“This means that from July 1, speed limits in the CBD will change from 50km/h to 40 km/h within the area bordered by the Bendigo railway line, Myrtle, High, View and Chapel streets and around Gaol and Park roads,” mayor Margaret O’Rourke said this week.

“Speed limits on main arterial roads in the CBD such as Wills/Myers/Myrtle/Chapel and High streets will stay the same as they are now.”

Other works to give pedestrians right of way will take place at Hargreaves and Edward streets, works scheduled during July, Hargreaves and Mundy streets, where works are works scheduled for September, and Mundy/Hopetoun streets and Lyttleton Terrace with works scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019.

There will also be a zebra crossing installed in View Street adjacent to the Bendigo Art Gallery in August.

The roundabout works will slow traffic down and raise the visibility of pedestrians.

Signage and road markings will be installed to identify the area of the changed speed limit.

In the CBD there have been 12 pedestrian accidents including one fatality, four bicycle accidents and 26 vehicle accidents between 2011 and 2015 on the non-arterial roads.

It is estimated that there will be a 30 per cent reduction in pedestrian related incidents in the area with the changes.

– Steve Kendall