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Limerick City slows down as 30km/h limit brought into effect

The new limits come into effect in an effort to enhance pedestrian safety, contribute to a less stressful city experience, and reduce emissions.

A new 30km/h speed limit will be implemented across Limerick city starting on Friday, February 16. 

The zones will be identified by 30km/h signage with supplementary “Go Mall” and “Slow” signs. 

The change aims to enhance pedestrian safety, contribute to a less stressful city experience and reduce emissions.

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerard Mitchell said the change will lead to a “safer, healthier and more liveable urban environment.”

“I urge motorists to abide by the new limit,” he said. “Slowing down saves lives.”

The new bye-laws are being implemented in conjunction with Gardaí following approval at a meeting of Limerick City and County Council on September 25 last year. 

Research by the Road Safety Authority found that five in ten pedestrians hit by a car travelling at 50km/h will die. By reducing the limit, the fatality rate reduces to one person. 

Map of where the new limits will apply in Limerick City.

Projects to make the city centre and surrounding areas less car centric are ongoing. The overall aim of such works is to make Limerick a 10-minute walkable city centre. 

Director of Transportation Brian Kennedy said “speed is giving way to safety” with the new speed limits. 

“It paves the way for the city that is more accessible to everyone, safeguarding vulnerable road users.” 

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