‘Go slow’ signs for sub­urb

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Is sav­ing 30 sec­onds on a jour­ney worth it?

That’s the ques­tion Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Colin Bleas­dale and other res­i­dents of the sub­urb have been ask­ing for some time.

After iden­ti­fy­ing that dan­ger­ous speeds around their streets was a pri­or­ity in the Plim­mer­ton Vil­lage Plan as far back as 2004, ac­tion has been taken to make driv­ers even more aware that care should be taken.

Two weeks ago, three ‘‘slow zone’’ signs went in, at Mo­tuhara Rd, Bath St and near the pav­il­ion.

There is also a cour­tesy crossing out­side the kin­der­garten, mean­ing cars and pedestrians need to rely on com­mon sense and cour­tesy.

The signs don’t specif­i­cally ask mo­torists to travel at less than 50kmh through the vil­lage, but there is the hope it ap­peals to peo­ple’s ideal of re­spect and safety, Bleas­dale said.

‘‘It’s an ex­pec­ta­tion thing and about cour­tesy,’’ he said. ‘‘Plim­mer­ton gets very busy in sum­mer, es­pe­cially around school and kin­der­garten pick up and drop off times. That in­ter­sec­tion [out­side the shops] has five en­try points and peo­ple do hoon around those cor­ners and some­times over the round­about. There is con­cern it’s go­ing to even­tu­ally lead to an ac­ci­dent. For what? Sav­ing 30 sec­onds at the other end?’’

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion had also asked the coun­cil to re­move three me­tres from the kin­der­garten side of the cour­tesy crossing. It was orig­i­nally hoped a pedes­trian crossing would go in, he said.

Other items in the plan in­clude se­cu­rity cam­eras, a pic­nic area near the boat­ing club and a car park for wind surfers.

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