Speed Management Plan – get ready for submissions
I had sent in a Local Government Official Information Act request to Auckland Transport recently asking about whole scale speed limit reduction in our Town Centres and Residential areas. This would make our key living areas (yes Town Centres are living areas) more fit for human activity without cars roaring down the road. In New Zealand the default speed limit for urban areas that are not industrial is 50km/h. In Cities Skylines it is 40km/h and drops back to 20-30 for laneways. The big 6-laners are set to 60 (so offroad cycle-ways will always be nearby while the four laners are at 50km/h. So Cities Skylines allows for “pro-human” streets and living spaces better than Auckland does.
Auckland Transport did reply (after some prodding) on how they will deal with the speed issue. They replied:
Thank you for contacting Auckland Transport on 17 May 2018 requesting lower speed limits on local residential roads and within town centres.
At Auckland Transport, we review speed limits in accordance with the requirements of the New Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017, and make assessments under the New Zealand Transport Agency’s new Speed Management Guide.
The Speed Management Guide shifts the focus towards the national system approach and places a greater emphasis on the function and use of the road, the geometry of the road, and the crash risk.
The Speed Management Guide offers a toolbox of different ways to manage speeds on roads and it enables us to implement 30 or 40 km/h speed limits on local residential roads and roads within town centres that have a high level of pedestrian and cyclist activity.
We are pleased to inform you that we are currently developing a speed management plan for the Auckland region. This plan will include a prioritised programme of roads where lower speed limits may be appropriate. Our programme will identify the highest priority areas for an initial roll out of speed management. The implementation of the programme will commence in the 2018/2019 financial year and will continue through to 2020/2021. However, we wish to advise that for lower speed limits of 30 km/h and 40 km/h, it is likely that these will be initially focused on town centres, rather than for local residential streets.
We appreciate your feedback and thank you for bringing your suggestion to our attention.
A speed management plan is coming out in which when it does prepare squeak really loud to get those Town Centres and your resident area speed limits reduced.