Queenstown Lakes District Council brought changes to speed limits around the district into effect last Monday. QLDC general manager for property and infrastructure, Peter Hansby said the new speed limits are the first to be introduced following the adoption of a revised Speed Limits Bylaw in August 2019.
“Our district is continuing to grow rapidly, leading to an increase in the number and types of vehicles using the roads. While we’re also working on ways to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, lowering the speed limits will play an important role in improving the safety of our roads for all users such as schoolchildren, pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders, heavy vehicles, commuters and visitors,” he said.
The new changes include reductions from 70km/h to 60km/h along Aubrey Road (from the Anderson Road intersection to the Albert Town roundabout), and 100km/h to 80km/h along Cardrona Valley Road (from the township to the distillery).
Data from QLDC’s Findings Report of the Speed Management and Speed Limits Bylaw 2009 Review reveals that there were over 6,000 crashes in the district between January 2000 and December 2017, causing 55 fatalities.
Reducing speeds has a direct impact on reducing deaths and injuries when crashes occur. According to the report, a 5 percent decrease in average speed leads to around 10 percent fewer injury crashes and 20 percent fewer fatal crashes.
Further consultation on a number of other speed limit changes, including Ballantyne Road, Beacon Point Road, Mount Aspiring Road and urban areas of Wānaka is planned for later in February.