27 February 2009
A new lower speed precinct comes into effect on 1 March. The initiative rides on the back of the successful launch in February last year of the 40km/h variable speed zones around 18 Hamilton primary and intermediate schools.
The city’s first 40km/h speed precinct is in the area around the hospital and Hamilton West Primary School (Hammond Street, Horne Street, Park Terrace, Valley Terrace, Tidd Street and Selwyn Street). This 40km/h speed restriction is an expansion to the already successful 40km/h school speed zones project. In addition, speeds in Victoria Street from Claudelands Road to Hood Street are being reduced to 30km/h. These are examples of a number of roads that have been selected in response to Council’s desire to moderate traffic in areas where safety is very sensitive to speed.
Transport committee chairman Dave Macpherson says this first 40km/h speed precinct is expected to enhance the road safety in the area.
“The impetus behind this new traffic calming practice is to provide a safer road environment around Hamilton schools and residential areas, reinforce driver expectations as to the likely presence of children in the area and encourage safe, active travel to school.
“The speed precinct doesn’t affect arterials roads, rather it targets streets that naturally form residential enclaves which are very sensitive to vehicle speeds. We are particularly seeking to discourage inappropriate speeds with the vicinity of primary and intermediate schools, parks, and places where there is a high presence of people walking or cycling on the street in a given area.
Transport services manager Philip King says the goal of this 40km/hr precinct is to aid road safety, create an improved street environment, reducing traffic speeds and noise, and creating a safer area for vulnerable road users, particularly young children as they make their way to and from school.
“Council is committed to encouraging school children to walk and cycle to school as an alternative to being driven.
“We undertook community consultation in November 2008 and there were no objections from residents to the proposal. On 25 February 2009 Council resolved to amend the Hamilton City Speed Limit Bylaw 2007 to include a permanently reduced speed limit directly outside Hamilton West School and extend it to incorporate the surrounding streets. This is the first such 40km/hr speed precinct for the city.”
At the beginning of term two a further eight schools will have 40km/h variable school speed zones implemented. The schools are:
- Forest Lake Primary
- Glenview Primary
- Knighton Normal Primary
- Nawton Primary School
- St Columba’s Catholic School
- Te Rapa Primary School
- Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Ara Rima
- Berkley Normal Middle School.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Philip King
Designation: Transport Services Manager
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6991
Mobile: 021 224 8037
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6440
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761