POARI HAPORI O PITO-ONE | PETONE COMMUNITY BOARD

 

Inaugural meeting to be held in the Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone on:

Monday 5 December 2022 commencing at 6.00pm

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY ORDER PAPER

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

 

12.       INFORMATION ITEM

          School Speed Zones/ Petone (22/2580)

Memorandum dated 28 November 2022 by the Road Safety Coordinator                2

 

 

 

Katherine Davey

DEMOCRACY ADVISOR

 


MEMORANDUM                                                  1                                                  05 December 2022

Our Reference          22/2580

TO:                      Chair and Members

Petone Community Board

FROM:                Kent Thaw

DATE:                28 November 2022

SUBJECT:           School Speed Zones/ Petone

 

Purpose of Memorandum

·    To provide members information regarding interim Speed Management Plan for schools in the Petone Community Board district.

·    To provide an update on Council’s approach to engaging and working with schools and relevant stakeholders to set new speed limits in school zones.

 

Recommendation

That the Committee receives and notes the information.

 

Background

1.    The new Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 (the Rule) came into force on 19 May 2022.

2.    Waka Kotahi consulted on the proposed draft Rule in 2021 and used feedback from 325 submissions to further refine the Rule including changes to the roles for coordination and certification of speed management plans, and in the timing and categorisation of school speed limit changes.

3.    The Rule enables a new process to support road controlling authorities with setting new speed limits and takes a whole-of-network approach where decisions about safety-related infrastructure improvements, speed limit changes and safety camera placement are made together.

4.    It also supports the transition to slower speeds around schools to improve safety and encourage more people to use active modes of transport for their journeys to and from school.

5.    Speed plays an undeniable role in the horrifying numbers of people being killed or seriously injured on New Zealand’s roads.

6.    In Lower Hutt school zones, there were approximately 4,296 crashes in the last five years, and speed was the main cause in 593 of them according to the Crash Analysis System (CAS).

7.    Even when speed does not cause the crash, it is what will most likely determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed from that crash.

8.    665 crashes occurred around school pick up/drop off hours (8am to 9am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm), and speed was the main cause in 61 of those crashes.

9.    In Petone, there were 462 crashes in school zones in the last five years.

10.  The numbers above exclude all unreported crashes and near misses.

11.  The reduction of speed limits to reduce the impact of crashes is especially necessary on streets and roads around schools where crashes are relatively harder to prevent due to the unpredictable nature of the environment as well as the presence of vulnerable road users in those areas.

12.  The Rule requires road controlling authorities to have 40% of school speed limit changes completed by 30 June 2024, with the remainder completed by 31 December 2027, and these changes must be built into speed management plans.

13.  Officers have carried out a speed review for roads around schools in the Petone Community Board area. The review has resulted in a proposal to reduce to a 30km/h fixed speed limit for the streets and roads where people are already driving at the average speed of approximately 30km/h.

14.  For streets and roads where the average speed is higher than 30km/h, we have looked at the traffic volumes of the streets.

15.  Streets with high traffic volumes (above 8,000 Vehicles per day) are recommended to have variable speed limits while streets with low traffic volumes (low movement function) are recommended to have fixed 30km speed limits with the addition of infrastructure to help people drive at 30km/h speed limits.

16.  The data from speed reviews, together with input from stakeholders, will be helpful in deciding which roads are more suitable for fixed 30km/h speed limits, and which roads are more suitable for 30km/h variable speed limits.

17.  Speed reviews show that most roads in Petone have current operating speeds of around 30km/h.


 

18.  Figure 1 below shows the proposed speed reduction locations near Petone Central School and Sacred Heart School:

 

 

______ Fixed 30km/h Speed Limits

______ Fixed 30km/h Speed Limits with Engineering Intervention

19.  Figure 2 below shows the proposed speed reduction locations near Wilford School:

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______ Fixed 30km/h Speed Limits

______ Fixed 30km/h Speed Limits with Engineering Intervention

 

20.  The Table below summarises the traffic context and proposed interventions in the school speed zones (Petone).

Road Name

School Name

Mean Operating Speed

(km/h)

Traffic Volumes (AADT)

Fixed/ Variable

Engineering Intervention

(EI)

Bracken Street

Wilford Primary School

28

200

Fixed

None

Britannia Street

Petone Central School

32

5,200

Fixed

None

Sacred Heart School (Petone)

32

1,700

Fixed

None

33

5,200

Fixed

None

Buick St East

Petone Central School

11

700

Fixed

None

Buick St West

Petone Central School

14

5,700

Fixed

None

Elizabeth Street

Petone Central School

16

1,300

Fixed

None

21

500

Fixed

None

14

1,300

Fixed

None

Jackson St

Petone Central School

29

6,800

Fixed

None

30

5,400

Fixed

None

30

5,400

Fixed

None

Kensington Ave

Petone Central School

32

1,000

Fixed

None

30

1,500

Fixed

None

Kirks Avenue

Petone Central School

25

1,700

Fixed

None

Manchester St

Wilford Primary School

23

700

Fixed

None

Richmond Street

Sacred Heart School (Petone)

28

400

Fixed

None

23

600

Fixed

None

20

6,700

Fixed

None

Tennyson St

Wilford Primary School

13

700

Fixed

None

William Street

Wilford Primary School

30

800

Fixed

EI

Latimer Way

Petone Central School

<30

<100

Fixed

None

Huia St Petone

Petone Central School

27

1,000

Fixed

None

Atiawa St

Petone Central School

19

800

Fixed

None

 

Consultation

21.  Schools, residents, and other stakeholders such as emergency services are currently being consulted on the results of speed reviews to understand the impacts in relation to the areas of 30km/hr school speed zones.

22.  The consultation is open from 5 December 2022 until 5 February 2023. The consultation materials will be tabled at the meeting on 5 December 2022.

 

Appendices

There are no appendices for this report.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Kent Thaw

Road Safety Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed By: Bob Hu

Traffic Engineering Manager

 

 

 

Approved By: Jon Kingsbury

Head of Transport