Speed limits in central Oakleigh could drop from 50km/h to 40km/h in a move to cater to increasing pedestrian activity.
Monash Council will apply to VicRoads for approval of the speed reduction to improve road safety in the area.
The council will undertake formal consultation with local traders and the wider community, and report back the results before any changes are implemented.
A council report states that, in precincts where there is high pedestrian traffic, the statewide 50km/h urban limit can be “excessive”.
It has recommended reducing the speed limit throughout Oakleigh’s activity centre to 40km/h to create a more fitting pedestrian environment.
The council has already successfully implemented the change in nearby suburbs including the Glen Waverley activity centre and along the western side of the Clayton Shopping Centre.
The speed limit reduction in Oakleigh would apply to Atherton Rd, Drummond St, Hanover St and surrounding streets bound by Warrigal Rd and the railway line.
Atherton Rd between Station St and Hanover St, Chester St and Portman St have all been cited as examples where “it is necessary to travel at speeds well below the speed limit” because of high-level parking activity and pedestrian movement.
The report states that a reduced speed limit of 40km/h would “embrace the shopping area in full” and “promote a community feeling of road safety similar to school zones”.