50kmh could soon be too slow for Hamilton
The trusty red 50kmh 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 yesterday briefed at a workshop on progress towards a new speed management regime based around evidence that 50kmh is too fast on many roads.
It suggests many roads be restricted to 40kmh, and raises the prospect of collector roads and minor arterials' 50kmh limits being replaced with 40 or 60kmh limits.
Councillor Dave Macpherson said "no-brainer" changes, such as country roads inside the city dropping from 100 to 80kmh, could happen within six months, while roads which needed works to lift them from 50 to 60kmh 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 legal limit for each piece of road to make it enforceable. It won't please every single person," said Mr Macpherson.
"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."
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