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Draft Speed Management Plan

Our Road to Zero - future plan for speed limits on local roads

Gisborne District Council is developing a draft Regional Speed Management Plan for the Gisborne Tairāwhiti district, and we want to know what you think.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Speed Management Guide provides guidance for the development and implementation of a Speed Management Plan related to safer speeds in the Gisborne Tairāwhiti district. Our draft plan is also part of our response to the Ministry of Transport's programme of tackling unsafe speeds.

The Ministry of Transport have developed the Road to Zero strategy, guiding improvements in New Zealand's road safety. The intent is to reduce the number of people being killed or seriously injured in road crashes on New Zealand's roads by 2030. The ultimate vision is of a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes by 2050.

Our Road to Zero - Te Tairāwhiti Draft Speed Management Plan 2021

Tairāwhiti has 1.5 times the national average of deaths and injuries on our roads. And these figures are not improving.

We all want our community to be safe while walking, cycling and driving around our region. To make this happen we've developed a draft Our Road to Zero - Te Tairāwhiti Speed Management Plan.

In developing this speed management plan we propose changes to speed limits on our local roads, see the map below.
In summary proposed changes include:

Road environment Current speed limit Waka Kotahi NZTA safe and appropriate speed Our proposed speed limit
Gisborne CBD 50km/h 30km/h 30km/h
Residential roads 50km/h 40km/h 40km/h
Rural roads - sealed 100km/h 80km/h 80km/h
Rural roads - unsealed and sealed roads that are arduous to drive 100km/h 60km/h 80km/h
Arterial roads - such as Ormond, Lytton, Stanley, Rutene and parts of Gladstone Rd 50km/h 50km/h 50km/h

Our review excludes speed limits on state highway 2 and 35, these are included in a separate review by Waka Kotahi NZTA.

Waka Kotahi are currently consulting on Setting of Speed Limits Rule 2021 which includes setting speed limits around schools, here's more information.

Draft speed management plan and maps

Proposed speed limit changes on local roads

Tell us what you think

You know our local roads so we want to hear what you think about the proposed changes to the speed limits.

Feedback closes 5pm Monday 31 May 2021

Tell us your feedback on the Online Feedback Form

See the questions and answers below for more information.

Timeline for the development and implementation of the plan

March 2021Draft  plan developmentDraft speed management plan was approved by councillors in March.
30 April - 31 MayCommunity engagementWe want to hear what you think of the proposed changes to speed limits on our local roads.  
July 2021Plan finalisedAll feedback will be considered as part of the final Speed Management Plan.
November 2021Plan approved

Plan goes to September Council meeting for approval. Then approved plan then goes to Waka Kotahi NZTA for approval. The outcome is expected November 2021.

ImplementationThe plan will be implemented over 3 years, consisting of multiple stages and strategies.

More information about the proposed speed limits

Our draft plan will set out a consistent approach for setting speed limits across the district.

The proposed speeds in the draft plan align closer with nationally determined Safe and Appropriate Speeds while also responding to our region’s unique problems. We've also considered previous feedback from the community along with particular emphasis on lowering speeds around schools, marae, sport facilities, shopping centres and beaches.

To gain national speed management consistency across New Zealand, councils must align with Waka Kotahi’s Speed Management Framework.

We answer some of those frequently asked questions

Unsafe speeds

Unsafe speeds are speeds that will increase the severity of crashes when they occur. They're speeds that represent significant risk of serious harm or damage to property in relation to the surrounding environment.

Safe and appropriate speeds

The safe and appropriate speed is defined as the travel speed that's appropriate for a road's function, design, safety and use.
The safe and appropriate speeds recommended to Council by Waka Kotahi NZTA are based on criteria set out in the New Zealand Speed Management Guide.

Speed review

Speed review is a technical assessment of the road to find out information like crash history, average speed vehicles are travelling on the road, number of vehicles per day using the road, and what's happening around the road such as schools, marae, businesses, housing etc.

On average, one person is killed every day on New Zealand's roads and another 7 are seriously injured.

Ministry of Transport believe that deaths or serious injuries should not be an inevitable cost of travelling.

The Road to Zero strategy, developed by the Ministry of Transport, sets a vision for a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes.

The strategy includes guiding principles for how the road network is designed and how road safety decisions are made, and sets out targets for 2030 and beyond.

It defines 5 areas to focus on over the next decade and includes a framework for how this will be held to account.

This framework includes the introduction of a new approach to tackling unsafe speeds with the aim to improve how speed management is carried out in New Zealand.

To gain national speed management consistency across New Zealand, councils are required to align with the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency speed management framework.

Our proposed speed limit maps for our district’s local roads have been drafted to align with the speed management framework.

The speed limits are intended to align with nationally determined safe and appropriate speeds. We've also taken into consideration our region’s unique issues and previous community feedback received on on lowering speeds around schools, marae and beaches.

What about the rest of the country?

To gain national speed management consistency across New Zealand, councils must align with the Waka Kotahi speed management framework which requires each region to develop a speed management plan.

What about state highways?

The Road Controlling Authority (RCA) for state highways is Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).

In its role as RCA, Waka Kotahi will develop a State Highway Speed Management Plan containing speed management proposals across the entire state highway network.

Speed limits on state highway 2 and 35 are currently under review and will be consulted on separately by Waka Kotahi NZTA.  We'll engage with Waka Kotahi throughout this process for best alignment.

For more information, see the information on Waka Kotahi NZTA's website

A speed management plan makes it easier to implement our new speed limits.

This will be done under the new legal instrument which is the National Speed Limit Register. This comes into effect in November under the revised rule ‘Setting of Speed Limits’.

What are speed management plans?

All regional councils must develop a speed management plan. It's a 10-year plan, published every 6 years, that allows for variations every 3 years in line with the Regional Land Transport Plan.

There are processes in place to allow out-of-cycle speed limit changes and minor variations to the plans in intervening periods if required. The plans must:

  • take a whole of network approach
  • address the outcomes in the Road to Zero Strategy and Government Policy Statement
  • align with the Safe and Appropriate Speeds (SAAS) recommendations, or provide good rationale why they do not
  • be consulted on by the Regional Transport Committee/RCAs and neighbouring RCAs
  • outline implementation and alignment with other treatments and risks.

How will the implementation of a speed management plan be funded?

Funding of the proposed speed changes are awaiting approval in the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan budgets at $300k per annum for financial years 2021/22 – 2023/24.

A corresponding bid has also been made to Waka Kotahi NZTA for the 2021-23 National Land Transport Plan funding period for the 68-66% funding assistance rate.

In some situations infrastructure can certainly improve the crash risk on roads.

However, there's substantial cost involved with road infrastructure. Although Council has budget allocation for our road network, it's not a feasible option to simply upgrade all roads on our vast roading network.

Research conducted by the Ministry of Transport showed the average speed drivers travel on our roads is much lower than the speed limit itself.

Council doesn't receive any financial gain through the enforcement of speed limits.

Our vision is to engage and educate the community about the importance that speed plays on the safety of our roads, with the goal of reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

All drivers can make mistakes, but speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured or walks away.

We want everyone to feel safe on our roads, and we're supporting this by providing appropriate speed limits for the condition of the roads.

If you see drivers breaking the law, report them to the police.

Feedback on the proposed speed limits

Tell us if you think the proposed speed limits on our local roads are safe and appropriate.

A reminder that our review excludes speed limits on state highway 2 and 35, these are included in a separate review by Waka Kotahi NZTA.

Waka Kotahi are currently consulting on Setting of Speed Limits Rule 2021 which includes setting speed limits around schools, here's more information.

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