Let's get a win on central city safer speeds
Wellington is planning to change the speed limits on most central city streets to 30km/h.
This is your chance to have a say on the final proposal.
31 March: Consultation is now closed, with 64 percent of people supporting the plans. That's a mandate for change. Thanks to everyone who had their say.
You can see the results at https://lgwm.nz/saferspeeds
Our suggested responses
Do you support the proposal as shown which will lower the speed limit to 30km/h on the proposed streets?
Extend it to Taranaki St, Vivian St, Kent Tce, Cambridge Tce, and the waterfront Quays.
Best practice street design is 30 kmh where vehicles share with people on bikes, and significant number of pedestrians. (https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/pedestrian-planning-guide/, https://www.nzta.govt.nz/walking-cycling-and-public-transport/cycling/cy...)
Thinking about the proposed speed limit changes, please rate how you think these changes will impact:
It's best to use your own words. Here's some suggestions:
We deserve safe and attractive streets.
Lowering operating speeds and speed limits on urban streets will:
- improve safety for all road users
- encourage more people to walk and cycle in the central city, reducing car use
- make the city quieter and more pleasant
- have little or no effect on vehicle journey times
- be good for city businesses
- reduce emissions, in line with WCC’s Te Atakura – First to Zero plans
- be consistent with WCC's urban growth, walking and cycling policies and LGWM aims
Changes to street design and layout are also needed, to signal that these are 30 kmh streets.
A network of protected bike lanes is needed, especially on any streets not included in the 30 kmh plan.
I note 508 people were injured or killed on Wellington City roads in 2018, up from 459 in 2017 and 365 in 2016.