No-one should die on our district’s roads, but deaths and serious injuries have been trending upward in the last 10 years. Safer speeds means your mum, your sister, your mate are more likely to get home safely.
For the last two years, NPDC has held two in-depth engagements with local residents about safer speeds on our rural and urban roads. That feedback has helped us prepare this Interim Speed Management Plan with the aim of making our roads safer for all road users.
The full implementation of the plan will see a reduction in 90 deaths and serious injuries over the next 10 years.
Please see the interactive map below to see how speeds on your roads would change under phase one (2022-24) of this plan. You can also send in a submission, which will be considered by the Council as part of its deliberations on the interim plan.
This map shows the proposed safer speed changes during phase one of the Interim Speed Management Plan (2022-24). This phase focuses on speeds outside urban and rural schools, and on 50% of rural district roads.
Please click on a coloured section of road to bring up details of the proposed safer speed.
The Road to Zero strategy from Waka Kotahi/NZTA and the Ministry of Transport includes having every council in New Zealand review the appropriate speeds on their local roads. Speed is the key factor in deaths and serious injuries – no matter what the cause of an accident is, it’s speed that determines whether or not you’ll walk away from it.
An additional benefit of safer speeds is that they will aid New Zealand’s contribution to global sustainability targets by reducing harmful emissions and noise pollution, making communities more attractive for living, working or visiting.
We have five criteria for prioritising roads:
For the majority of our local roads, the average speed of drivers is already considered safe. However, prioritising these roads will support what most of our community is already doing and also slow down many of those who speed. These are ‘easy’ changes that will help our community get used to the safer speeds
Bringing in safer speeds is only one part of NPDC’s efforts to reduce on-road death and serious injury. We’re also investing $64.4m in infrastructure improvements and $4m on education up to 2031 (shared costs between NPDC and Waka Kotahi). We’ll also continue to work alongside the police on enforcement.
We all make mistakes and we should all be able to survive them. Through safer speeds and road improvements, we’re creating a road system that is forgiving.
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Page last updated: 05:02PM Tue 28 June 2022