Push to drop speed limit to 30kmh

Last updated 12:05 03/02/2014

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Lowering the speed limit in Wellington's CBD will cut crashes and the risk of people being killed or hurt, says city councillor Andy Foster.

The public consultation on whether or not the 30kmh speed limit should be extended beyond the Golden Mile to other parts of the city starts tomorrow.

On the main arterial roads the speed limit would stay at 50kmh - on the harbour quays, Cable St, part of Wakefield St, on Vivian St and Kent and Cambridge terraces.

Most other central city streets -- around Courtenay Place and Cuba St precincts, part of The Terrace and near Lambton Quay to the railway station -- would change to 30kmh.

Wellington City councillor Andy Foster said the council wanted to hear the public's views on where the boundaries should be as well as on the speed limit itself.

He said despite public perceptions, crashes in the central city are not restricted to the Golden Mile and most did not involve buses.

''Crashes happen throughout the CBD involving cars, pedestrians and cyclists. Having a lower speed limit will cut the number of crashes overall and reduce the risk of people being seriously injured or killed.''

Residents have until March 9 to make a submission.

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