Kāpiti Coast District Council has confirmed new speed limits for 40 sections of local roads in Kapiti, following consultation in April and May this year on Stage 1 of a district wide review. The review was in response to public requests for particular roads to have their speed limits looked at by Council.
The roads under review were assessed and new limits proposed on the basis of safety risk, the road environment including land development, speed limits on adjoining roads and any changes on those roads since original speed limits were set. Council also took into account new national rules and guidelines for speed limits administered by the NZ Transport Agency.
Harry Wilson, NZ Transport Agency Director, Safety and Environment commended the Council on its review.
“Kāpiti Coast District Council has done a great job applying the Speed Management Guide to achieve speed limits that reflect the form and function of their road network and importantly, make it safer for all road users,” he says.
Council’s Acting Chief Executive Sean Mallon thanked everyone who’d contributed to and made comments or submissions on the proposed changes. That included Community Boards, the Police, the Transport Agency, the Automobile Association, Kapiti Cycling Action, the Road Transport and Heavy Haulage associations.
“Taking all the feedback into account two of the initial recommendations our team was making have been adjusted,” Mr Mallon said.
This includes Valley Road and Reikorangi Road. In addition, two speed options were put forward for Poplar Ave after the first round of consultation.
The full list of areas of speed limit change and the rationale for each is on the Council’s website. Council will be in touch with those who made submissions with the details of the final changes.
The new limits take effect from mid August.
About other speed limit reviews:
· The Council’s review of local roads is separate from NZTA’s speed limit review of old SH1 roads between Raumati and Peka Peka, which is part of their SH1 revocation work