Speed­sters wel­come

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

This week’s Kapi-Mana News [July 17] car­ried an ar­ti­cle on Paekakariki Hill Rd and Grays Rd and PCC’s pro­posal to re­duce the speed limit to 60kmh.

A lower speed limit, pro­vid­ing it’s en­forced, will re­duce the num­bers and sever­ity of ac­ci­dents and as an added bonus, will re­duce wear and tear on the road sur­face (good for ratepay­ers).

In re­spect to trav­el­ling times, as­sum­ing a ve­hi­cle can travel the en­tire length of the road at 80kmh, it will add a lit­tle over four min­utes to a trip. In re­spect to Stephen Wick­ens, quoted in the ar­ti­cle, who lives 12km from Pau­ata­hanui, it will add three min­utes to his jour­ney.

How­ever, when you take into con­sid­er­a­tion road width, road con­di­tion and the ra­dius of each cor­ner, it is not pos­si­ble to travel the en­tire length of the road at 80kmh, or even 60kmh in places.

It is only pos­si­ble to travel at a con­stant 80kmh if you drive the road like a race­track, choos­ing a line through each cor­ner that uses the big­gest ra­dius.

But that means us­ing the full width of the road, in both lanes. Fine if you have no re­gard for pedes­tri­ans, horse riders, cy­clists and on­com­ing traf­fic. Get a life, Stephen. Catch the five sets of lights badly on Mana Es­planade, and a buildup of traf­fic at both round­abouts and you can eas­ily spend three min­utes trav­el­ling at zero kmh.

In Greater Welling­ton, we have four great car race clubs, that share and pro­mote each other’s events. For a few dol­lars, in­dulge your need for speed on pri­vate prop­erty, with ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple in at­ten­dance. You don’t need a road li­cence for many events and those as young as 12 years can en­ter (some con­di­tions ap­ply).

AN­DREW WEL­LUM, Cam­borne.

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