Lower Speed Limits

28 February 2011

We're asking what you think about lowering the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h in three suburban shopping areas - Miramar, Strathmore Park and Seatoun.

To improve safety we're proposing lower speed limits in some areas

To improve safety we're proposing lower speed limits in some areas

We also suggest that the speed limit in Oriental Bay and on the coastal road around the north end of Miramar Peninsula is lowered from 50 km/h to
40 km/h. If approved, the lower speed limits would apply to all vehicles at all times.

Council Safe and Sustainable Transport Manager Paul Barker says the reason for proposing these reductions is simple.

"Lower speeds are considered safer and are in line with the speed many motorists already travel in these areas," he says.

"Local people recognise the risks and we've had requests from residents, local communities, schools, businesses, Police and residents' associations asking us to reduce the speed limit in these areas."

In June 2009 we decided to lower the speed limits in 21 suburban shopping areas to 30 km/h over a period of four years. Since then, we've consulted with communities and rolled out lower speed limits in five suburban shopping areas.

The proposed lower speed limit in Oriental Bay and on the Miramar Peninsula coastal route recognises the large numbers of walkers and cyclists using these areas, and supports the concept of the 'Great Harbour Way' - a walking and cycling route that is gradually being developed at or close to the foreshore around the harbour and south coast.

To reinforce the proposed lower speed limit on the coastal route we propose to install eight sets of speed cushions. These are similar to speed humps but allow larger vehicles to straddle them, and cyclists to avoid the humps. These have been used successfully in Scorching Bay.

If the proposed speed limits are approved, they are expected to be in place by the end of June this year.

Consultation on the proposed changes starts today and we're keen to hear what you think. To find out more and make a submission, pick up a brochure from Miramar, Kilbirnie or Wellington Central libraries, phone (04) 499 4444 and we will post one out to you, or go to:

Public Input Index

Please get your submission to us by 5.00pm, Friday 1 April.