Crashes prompts speed limit calls

Speed limits on dozens of local roads could be reduced if a new Auckland Transport (AT) Safe Speeds bylaw gets the go-ahead.

AT is calling for feedback on its proposals from now until March 31, and has produced an interactive map showing exactly where the new limits are being planned throughout the region.

The reason behind the new bylaw is the high number of deaths and serious injuries on Auckland roads, which rose by 70 per cent between 2014 and 2017, and in Rodney in particular, which had the highest number out of all the Auckland local board areas and where road deaths increased by 107 per cent.

AT’s elected member relationship manager Ellen Barrett told last month’s Rodney Local Board meeting that nearly a third of accidents involved so-called vulnerable road users – cyclists and pedestrians – and AT and the Board were collaborating to bring down this “unacceptably high” number.

“Both acknowledge that one of the fastest ways to reduce the trauma on our roads is to set safe and appropriate speeds,” she said. “Speed determines both the likelihood of a crash occurring and the severity of the outcome.”

Full details of the bylaw, an interactive map and list of roads, plus feedback options can be found online at: at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/safe-speeds-programme/speed-limit-changes-around-auckland


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