The speed limit on Kapiro Rd is dangerous. I have written twice to the Far North District Council asking for it to be reduced to 80kmh, in line with Kerikeri and Waipapa roads.
Twice my requests have been refused. The first excuse was that a change was not justified. The second was that it would be a waste of time to reduce the speed limit because nobody would abide by it.
Kapiro Rd has trucks, tractors, school buses, cyclists and walkers and there will certainly be more deaths if the race track remains.
I used to ride my bike on the road, but gave up because of the danger of speeding traffic. I may annoy some people, but I don’t go any faster than 80kmh because it is too dangerous.
Apart from three deaths, I have also had two power poles demolished on either side of my property. Whilst neither caused a
100kmh is way too fast for this road. I would be in favour of a speed limit lower than 80kmh which is still too fast. A motor cyclist and cyclist have been killed in the past three years.
I wonder how many have been injured and not reported?
The council should provide an up-to-date report on the number of cars and trucks that now use Kapiro Rd. It has become one of the major entrances to Kerikeri.
The council should provide an update on the residential and commercial properties that are now located on this road. Many have set up business since the council’s last assessment was undertaken in 2014.
It’s quite common for slowmoving tractor and trailer units with kiwifruit to enter the road of fast moving traffic, causing yet another hazard.
The council should assess the number of children that use this route, either entering or leaving day care nurseries or waiting for school buses. There are no footpaths or cycle paths on Kapiro Rd which is becoming increasingly residential.
Kerikeri via Neighbourly
It’s both the drivers and the speed limit. In the evening you hear some vehicles using the long straight stretches like a racing track going way over the 100kmh.
I’ve even been told by one motorist how he checked out his cars top speed along here.
Another lady says she uses Kapiro Rd because it avoids the confusion at Waipapa Rd intersection.
Kapiro Rd may look quiet, but it is full of long drives with up to six or more residences down the back. We have a large population along this road. Another problem is sun strike at late afternoon.
The grass verges are often too narrow for a rider mower to get along with power poles obstructing access.
Kerikeri via Neighbourly
HARD TO BELIEVE
I find it hard to believe this road has an open speed limit of 100kmh. There are many businesses, orchards and homes along this road as well as the childcare centre, and a new subdivision. A lower speed limit would be much safer and more suitable for Kapiro Rd!
Many residents want the speed limit on Kapiro Rd reduced.