No low-speed zone wanted?
Tawa’s roads are not likely to be changed to 40kph, says a Wellington City councillor, but he would like to gauge residents’ views on the issue.
The council’s strategy and policy committee met recently and decided a proposal on lowering the speed limits across Wellington City and outer suburbs should be put out for public comment.
The 40kph proposal is for all residential streets except arterial routes, such as Tawa’s Main Rd.
Northern ward councillor Justin Lester says the fact council officers will consider each suburb, rather than taking a ‘‘ blanket approach’’, is one saving grace. Studies carried out two years ago found that Johnsonville, Newlands and Tawa residents were ‘‘not interested at all’’ in lowering the current 50kph limit, he says.
He has carried out his own survey in the northern suburbs in the past months and found it has favour, aside from ‘‘hamlet’’ Churton Park.
‘‘You can understand the rationale in places like Thorndon and Kelburn, where most drivers don’t go over 50 [kph] anyway, but I don’t think it’s something people will go for in Tawa.’’
Another factor to consider is the cost for 40kph signs to be put up off every arterial route and the ‘‘visual pollution’’ this would mean throughout residential areas.
‘‘It’s been talked about before but the feedback I have is that the mindset hasn’t changed. My attitude is that if it’s not broke, why fix it? But I would still like to hear what people think – council officers will look at the official public submissions as they make their recommendations, but I want to be able to go to the council table with people’s views as well.’’
The council will consider public submissions before Christmas and if approved in some suburbs, it will be rolled out from June 2012.
It will likely begin in the the Lambton ward, which is the most dangerous according to crash statistics.
Email Justin Lester at email@example.com.
Too fast? While this section of road – Kenepuru Dr/ Main Rd – will remain at 50kph, Wellington City councillor Justin Lester wants to hear residents’ thoughts on lowering the speed limits on residential streets.