The objective as made clear by this government is to slow everybody down. Last week one of our editors drove south down the Kapiti ‘Ewy’ and the last km of it before the interchange near Poplar Ave had a lane closed off with orange witches hats — but there was absolutely no evident reason. About a week ago 2 of us experienced the same, albeit slightly shorter, at the south entrance to Palmerston North and again at the east entrance. You can’t help thinking all the potholes on State Highways exist because of the same desire. But not only that, massive reductions to 30 km/h will see most people go well over the new limits — and you know who will be waiting to write out revenue raising notices.
from the KCDC–
A Speed Management Plan for the Kāpiti Coast
Consultation on our first Speed Management Plan(External link) is now open.
The Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 requires all road controlling authorities to develop a Speed Management Plan.
Our draft Plan outlines options for how the Kāpiti transport network could look in 10 years’ time, and provides a three-year implementation programme for ‘high benefit areas’ identified by Waka Kotahi – school zones, town centres and road corridors.
Your feedback is important and will help us:
- confirm the changes to be made before the end of 2027
- plan for the future of the Kapiti road network beyond 2027.
If you would like to discuss the plan before submitting or would like help responding, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 0800 486 486.
You can read more about the Speed Management Plan proposal on our website.(External link)
We look forward to receiving your submissions. Once consultation closes your feedback will be considered. This may result in the draft Speed Management Plan and concepts being updated for final signoff by Council. Please note there will be no meetings to hear submissions.
What’s in our Plan
The first Kāpiti Coast Speed Management Plan aims to deliver safer streets for all.
It takes a staged approach to allow for the management of funding uncertainties, the delivery of the high benefit areas, and for any lessons learned to be applied to future Speed Management Plans.
This first Speed Management Plan has two parts, and you can provide feedback on both.
- Part A – What is proposed to implement up to the end of 2027.
- Part B – What is planned for beyond 2027.
You can also let us know of any other speed-related issues not covered in this Speed Management Plan.
Very neatly done. The in-person consultation opportunities are at times when a lot of people could not make it to a 4.30-6pm slot and when a friend went to the Paraparaumu market on Saturday, they could not locate an in-person consultation area. I notice that no time was given for when people could have their say and wonder if anyone from the council turned up at all.
If you decide to respond, make sure you do not head up your response as a submission but rather an Objection as wording is important. Local and central government are trying to have the country grind to a halt with this ridiculous nonsense.
I have no objection to slower speeds around schools which is right and just as young children may dart out unexpectedly, or worse have parent call to them from the other side of the road while sitting in a car.
There is one remaining meeting with a definite time on Friday at the Raumati South Memorial Hall 4.30-6pm and another indefinite meeting in terms of time at the Waikanae Community Market on 27 May.
These meetings have not been well publicized when there should have been billboards everywhere – how sneaky can you get?
DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT!
Also, if you are against intensification of housing with all the concomitant problems of pressure on infrastructure and social well-being, check out the Facebook page Raumati Against Kainga Ora. People have taken action in Auckland and had the ruination of their neighbourhoods stopped.
As this inept council limps towards meltdown. I would like to know if they will put a rubberised matting on the cycleways for the horses to save their hooves. I guess a 7KM/Hr speed limit for vehicles will be needed so as not to spook them.
I see 92% of respondents dont believe the council is heading in the right direction with this . How will the overpaid spin people turn this into a council majority I wonder.
It’s happening elsewhere and this article also makes the point that tradespeople won’t be able to get to jobs in a reasonable amount of time. Costs to the customer will increase because of travel time:
Waikanae watchers said:
It’s definitely driven by Climatist ideology.
Yes WW, and it’s so comical the acolytes cannot spot the irony.
One of my colleagues decided to get an electric car to “save the planet” but has gone off on a five week holiday to Asia.
I do hope that part of the visit is spent seeking out the poor brown children that mine the material for the batteries, with their propensity to catch fire, so that they can receive a personal apology for the harm done to them, and unbridled virtue signalling can continue back in NZ.
The BFD are onto it as well:
The comment made by Arthur at 10.40am is excellent:
“Cycle lanes might mean a little less of the evil CO2”
Considering the International Energy Agency, whoever the hell they are, have estimated if all the EV targets are met by 2030 it will reduce CO2 output by 0.1%, a few more people cycling will have no measurable impact on anything. It will be undetectable. Councils are doing this on an irrational ideological anti car basis, nothing else.
As to, “The council’s response to complaints by the shop owner was that, overseas, cycle lanes had ‘increased retail spending’.”
This is their standard response, which you highly suspect is just made up and pulled out of their backside or taken from the usual suspect of a cherry picked country, usually the Netherlands that is totally flat and has centralised populations unlike here.
The fact is these cycle lanes are a waste of money, ineffective and a sop to a vociferous cycling lobby group of that obsessive lunatic Patrick Morgan that numbers a mere few thousand. The reality is Councils are determined to be anti-car and anti-progress and will degrade street efficiency, as they are now, and to bully motorists off the road into inefficient public transport that cannot move everyone around, into walking that is impractical and onto cycles most do not want to use and cannot use. When this fails, and it will, they will block off entire streets and they have started this now. They use fluffy nebulous language and the fake nonsense about ‘safety’ and other tripe but it’s all anti-car and anti-people agenda to confine us into the future 15 city concept, reduce our mobility and make us live like it’s 1950s Mao’s China and like Medieval peasants.
We need to get motivated and vote in Council candidates that are against this rubbish. A sub 40% turnout in local elections is pathetic and allowing this draconian rubbish to succeed as mainly lefty voters are in that turnout. we are doomed otherwise.
Wink Glazebrook said:
These roads in residential areas are NOT where the most number of fatal accidents occur, they occur on the highways. Reducing these small roads to 30kph will just create annoyance and frustration, two elements which are guaranteed to create more accidents. 40kph is more realistic if you MUST reduce speeds, 30kph is unrealistic and unnecessary.