The safer speeds bylaw consultation closes on Sunday 31 March – please submit in support!
Use the button below to go straight to the feedback page and express your support safer speeds. Also, feel free to mention anywhere you’d like to see safer speed limits in place. 30kmh school zones? Your street? Your neighbourhood? Go for it!
ADD YOUR VOICE BEFORE SUNDAY 31 MARCH
There’s been lots of great coverage of why this is so important for our city, most of which has rightly led with the need to save lives and reduce injuries (see for example our piece over at The Spinoff). The rise in deaths and serious injuries on our streets is awful. This is a crucial moment – and an effective way – to turn that around.
We need more humane streets, now. And it’s good to remember that safer speeds will bring a whole host of other benefits. More welcoming streets lead to healthier and better connected communities for people of all ages. Ultimately, we’re not just aiming for a survivable city, but a truly liveable one. Hey, even a lovable one!
So here are six bonus reasons to support safer speeds, beyond saving life and limb.
1. Bring on the bikes!
As the sweet spot for both feeling and being safe around vehicle traffic, 30kmh zones open the door for people who’d be keen to ride round their neighbourhood if it didn’t feel so dangerous.
It was the 30-km/h speed limit that got people riding bikes, and because people were riding the council provided infrastructure. Turning Berlin into a cycling city was an unintended by-product of comprehensively lowering the urban speed limit.
The virtuous cycle this delivers isn’t just about more cycling infrastructure. Every bike trip is one less car trip, and you can park a heck of lot more bikes than cars at the local supermarket. Suddenly the school run and the grocery shop become more flexible, more efficient, and healthier for everyone involved.
2. It’s basic health and safety
As you travel around the city, take note of how often we’re asked to drop our speeds to 30kmh for the health and safety of people working alongside the road. This is right and proper. But wouldn’t it be great if every one of us deserved the same degree of care and protection?
3. Self-transporting children
The parental holy grail! With slower neighbourhood traffic, more families will feel empowered to walk and bike to school, to local attractions, to playdates, shops, and sports. This will help kids rediscover the joy and confidence of independently navigating their world. Next thing you know, you’re hanging up your chauffeur cap.
(This is also why we advocate making school zones 30kmh zones – something you can add to your feedback.)
4. Hear yourself think
Pavement dining is chic, but a background roar of traffic dulls the appetite as well as the eardrums. Slowing traffic from 50kmh to 30kmh along shopping streets drops the decibels, making for a calmer, more village-like vibe, plus you’ll be able to hear the latest goss and the daily special. And less noise pollution lowers stress in both busy areas and on peaceful streets.
5. Pets that live to a blessed old age
Paddles, we hardly knew ye – and you’re sadly one of many. It’s a rare human who hasn’t lost a pet to traffic, or knows a close family member who has.
Slower speeds mean better reaction times when you encounter wandering stock beasties, or beloved pets. Everyone gets home safely.
6. Fall in love with your city again
We know that underneath all that traffic, Auckland’s pretty gorgeous. If we can shift our thinking from ‘drive it like you stole it’ to ‘drive like you live here’, we’ll experience the journey differently. In time, we might even become an example for the world. So let’s widen our focus, slow down, pay attention – and see what we’ve been missing.