Speed limits cut back in city

MICHAEL WRIGHT
Last updated 06:56 16/11/2012

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Peak-hour traffic in central Christchurch often prevented motorists from ever troubling the speed limit but they might soon have a chance.

A "slow core" in the city centre will cut the speed limit on many streets to 30kmh. The one-way system and streets further out will stay at 50kmh.

The speeds are only proposals, like everything in the draft transport plan, but the Central Christchurch Development Unit (CCDU) is keen to gauge the public's views.

"We are quite interested to know if 50 [kmh] is the right number, or whether 40 [kmh] is appropriate," CCDU director Warwick Isaacs said.

"Or we could have 50 [kmh] on the one-ways and have three speeds."

The 30kmh limit in the city centre is based on achieving a more cycle and pedestrian- friendly environment and how fast people can actually drive on the central streets.

"Whilst some of the streets are 50 [kmh], you can't get up to 50 between [two] sets of lights unless you're a boy racer," Isaacs said

"Speed reduction is more in line with what the actual speeds were."

Traffic flow in some 50kmh zones, such as where Cambridge Tce skirted the new Avon River Park, was expected to be much slower by way of "self-explaining roads", Isaacs said

"When you come down past the river precinct . . . we're expecting lots of people to be walking and milling," he said.

"While it still may have a 50kmh speed sign up there, the environment will be such that people won't want to be doing 50 [kmh]."

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