Right now NPDC are opening a discussion with our community to understand people’s sense of safety on our roads and consider what speeds might be desirable for increased safety.
If NPDC were to follow how other districts in New Zealand are setting speed limits, some things we could see on our roads include:
- Dropping the speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h on some of our local roads (mostly residential streets).
- Dropping the speed limit to 30km/h around all urban schools.
- Dropping speed limits to 30km/h in our retail centres of Westown, Fitzroy, Bell Block and Waitara, and in a wider area of New Plymouth’s CBD. Note: centres such as Urenui, Inglewood, Moturoa and Ōākura are not included as they are state highways and under the control of Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency.
The speed limit around urban schools would be variable (active only during drop-off and pick-up times) for schools on arterial routes, and permanent for schools on residential streets.
There is an interactive map you can play with to see what these would look like. Click on any street and you will the proposed speed limit - it is colour coded too so you can see the big picture
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