City's 50km/h speed limit to go?
Hamilton's trusty red 50 km/h city speed limit sign could soon become a thing of the past.
Hamilton City Council is drawing up plans which discuss scrapping the benchmark urban speed for lower speed limits, but with higher limits on some critical routes.
Councillors were briefed at a workshop today on progress towards a new city speed management regime based around evidence that 50km/h is too fast on many roads.
It suggests many roads be restricted to 40km/h, and raises the prospect of collector roads and minor arterials' 50km/h limits being replaced with 40km/h or 60km/h limits.
Councillor Dave Macpherson said ''no-brainer'' changes, such as country roads inside the city dropping from 100km/h to 80km/h, could happen within six months, while roads which needed works to lift them from 50km/h to 60km/h would take longer.
He said the public would have their chance to provide their views, but Hamilton was being treated as a test-case nationally for new thinking around safer city speed limits.
"You still have to formally change the limit for each piece of road to make it enforceable. It won't please every single person. Some drivers think if they can see a point down the other end of the road they should be able to put their foot down and get there as fast as their car will take them."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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