Safer speed limits for schools

Roads around Wānaka’s schools will be reduced to 40kmph.

The Government is delivering on its commitment to make streets safer for kids to walk and cycle to school, by reducing speed limits to a maximum of 40 km/h around urban schools and 60 km/h around rural schools. “Councils are expected to support speed limit changes near schools with infrastructure changes that support lower speeds. For example, this could include things like speed bumps, raised pedestrian crossings, and traffic islands,” said a spokesperson for the Associate Minister of Transport.

“Our kids should have the freedom to walk and cycle to school and feel safe doing so,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. “Many parents would like their kids to get to school independently, but are understandably concerned about fast moving traffic near their school. “On busy urban arterials and rural roads, lower speeds would primarily operate during drop-off and pick-up time only, using electronic variable speed limits signs. “On residential urban streets, permanent speed changes would be supported by street improvements like wider footpaths and raised pedestrian crossings. “In rural areas, a 60 km/h limit outside schools will make it safer for parents and kids walking and driving in and out of the school gate. “School speed changes will be implemented progressively working with councils over the coming decade,” said Julie Anne Genter. 

 NZTA will roll out additional cameras on high-risk roads. “The Government’s expectation is that safety cameras will be targeted to high risk roads and be well sign posted so that drivers know to slow down and stay safe,” explained a spokesperson for the Associate Minister of Transport. Moreover, NZTA will start a process for communities and local authorities to determine the appropriate speed limits for their regions. Following the select committee process, legislation and rule changes to support the Tackling Unsafe Speeds programme are expected to be in place by mid-2020.


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