The City of Greater Bendigo wants to reduce the speed limit on a stretch of road where Bendigo cyclist Jason Lowndes was killed.
The speed limit would be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h from Mandurang Road in Spring Gully (near Francliff Avenue) to Sedgwick Road (near Springs Road) in Sedgwick, if the application to the Department of Transport is successful.
Council coordinator of infrastructure development Phil Garner said Mandurang Road became Sedgwick Road at Mandurang.
He said a number of factors, including crash history, were involved in assessing a road's speed limit.
"Sometimes it is due to safety and crash history," Mr Garner said. "We wouldn't be looking at one crash or particular incident but we always take into account community opinions and feedback. But I wouldn't say (one incident) strongly affects the changing of a speed limit. It needs to be done in a structured way."
Sedgwick Road in Mandurang was the site of a crash in December, 2017, that saw Bendigo cyclist Jason Lowndes killed after he was struck from behind by a car while on a training ride on Sedgwick Road. Speed was not a factor in the crash.
Billie Rodda, the driver who admitted causing the crash, was sentenced to a three-year community corrections order and 200 hours of unpaid community work. She was also banned from driving for three years.
She pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and using a mobile phone while driving as a probationary licence holder.
Council applied to Department of Transport for the speed change in October this year, after it previously completed safety works on Sedgwick Road.
Since the 2017 crash, council has used Black Spot funding to widen and seal the road's shoulders.
Mr Garner said the road environment was the main thing considered when decided whether to alter a road's speed limit.
"The main thing we look at is the road environment, it takes into account property access and what trees are close to the road with vehicles entering and leaving the road," he said. "Then we look at the (road's) average speed and driver behaviour on that road.
"We do take feedback from Victoria Police, we take into account customer requests and our local knowledge of the road. The other thing we look at is traffic data."
The Department of Transport confirmed it is considering a request from City of Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander Shire to reduce the speed limit on Sedgwick Road and Bendigo-Sutton Grange Road.
Information provided by the Department of Transport says speed changes are reviewed on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to factors such as the number of access points along the route, the nature of the road environment, adjacent speed zones, road user types, consistency with similar locations and the historical safety records.
"We're always happy to assess proposals from council and a speed limit review on Sedgwick Road is currently underway, with aims to have an outcome by early next year," Regional Roads Victoria regional director Brian Westley said.
"Everyone plays a role in road safety and we urge everyone to drive responsibly, keep to the speed limit and ignore distractions."
Black Spot funding will also be used to redesign the intersection of the Axedale-Goornong and Epsom-Barnadown roads.
The intersection has been the site of a number of crashes and has a temporary speed restriction in place while works are completed.
Mr Garner said no other speed limit alterations were being considered in Greater Bendigo.
"(Assessments) are always ongoing and we do get requests for speed limit changes," he said. "We are constantly reviewing (roads) and often initiate (reviews on roads) that we think need to be assessed."
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