Ngā Whakahou Paetere o Te Kaunihera o Te Tairāwhiti

Amendments to Speed Limits Bylaw

Gisborne District Council proposes to amend the Speed Limit Bylaw 2013 to reduce some speed limits on local roads in the Tairāwhiti district.

This is to align with the national direction on speed management and speed limit setting from Waka Kotahi introducing 20, 30, 40 and 60km/h speed limits.

Consultation closed 5pm Monday 9 May

Key documents

Proposed amendments to the speed limits

Following community engagement last year on our Draft Speed Management Plan and with guidance from Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) on Safe And Appropriate Speeds (SAAS) for Tairāwhiti, we have drafted the following changes to the bylaw.

We propose to amend the speed limits on approximately 12% of local road. The state highways are excluded and are under separate review by Waka Kotahi. The proposed changes include:

  • Reduce speeds in some rural areas from 100km/h to 80, 60 or 50km/h where there’s new growth, recent crash history or to support walking and cycling and where there’s support shown from residents.
  • Reduce speeds in some rural and urban areas from 70km/h to 50 or 30km/h and from 50km to 40 or 30km/h to support walking and cycling, with support shown from residents.
  • Set a new speed limit of 20km/h on Makorori and Kaiti beaches.
  • Set new variable speeds to some schools of 30 or 40km/h.

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
100km/hr to 60km/hr
  • Taruheru Subdivision – parts of Cameron and Hansen Roads and neighbouring parts of Nelson and Back Ormond roads.
  • New Industrial Parks – Aerodrome Road, Te Maanga Road and Commerce Place.
  • Centennial Marine Drive (unsealed).
  • Wharekahika.
  • East Cape Road.
  • Tikitiki.
  • Ruatoria.
  • Waipiro Bay.
  • Whatatutu Road.
  • Stainton Road.
In rural areas where there is new growth, recent crash history and/or support shown from residents.

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
100km/hr to 80km/hr
  • Matawhero – Riverpoint, Nursery and Tarnbrae roads
  • Centennial Marine Drive (sealed)
  • Tikitiki
  • Ruatoria
  • Ormond.
In rural areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents.

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
100km/hr to 50km/h
  • Wheatstone Road
  • Ruatoria
  • Tolaga Bay.

In rural areas where there are already signs, high growth and/or support from residents

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
100km/h to 30km/h
  • Waipiro Bay
  • Muriwai
  • Manutuke
  • Ormond (around school)
  • Tikitiki
  • Rangitukia (around school)
  • Tiniroto (around school).
In rural areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents.

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
80km/h to 60km/h
  • Taruheru subdivision – parts of Cameron and Nelson roads
In rural areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
70km/h to 30km/h
  • Te Araroa
  • Te Puia Springs
  • Ormond
  • Tokomaru Bay
In rural areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents.

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
70km/h to 40km/h
  • Te Araroa
  • Ormond
In rural areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
70km/h to 60km/h
  • Wharekahika – part of Wharf
    Road
In rural areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
50km/h to 30km/h
  • Titirangi and Queens Drive
  • Inner Harbour
  • CBD – on Gladstone and Palmerston roads from Derby Street to SH35 including side streets up to Childers Road and the Taruheru River
  • Kaiti Beach Road – from QE2 to end of road
  • Makarori Beach Settlement Road
  • Tikitiki
  • Ruatoria
  • Tokomaru Bay
  • Muriwai
  • Manutuke
  • Te Karaka
  • Tolaga Bay (around school).
In recently improved urban areas where there is already signage and traffic calming in place to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents.

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
50km/h to 40km/h
  • Wainui/Okitu – all local roads
  • Stout Street – between Wi Pere and Fitzherbert streets including side streets between the Taruheru River and Ormond Road
  • Ruatoria
  • Tolaga Bay
  • Te Karaka.
In areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents.

Change to speed limitAreaReason.s
New 20km/h to Special Designated Areas
  • Makorori Beach
  • Kaiti Beach
Support is shown from residents.

Change to speed limitAreaReasons
New Variable Speeds to schools of 30km/h, 40km/h or 60km/h

30/40km/h variable

  • Wainui

30/50km/h variable

  • Ilminster,
  • Waikirikiri
  • Sonrise Christian
  • Lytton High / Riverdale / Nga Uri A A Maui
  • Gisborne Intermediate

40/50km/h variable

  • Girls High / Boys High
  • Te Hapara
  • Campion / St Marys

60/100km/h variable

  • Waerenga o Kuri
In areas to support walking and cycling and support is shown from residents.  Schools are prioritised under previous reports.

Map to view speed limit changes across the region

You can view between current speed limits and the proposed reduced speed limits.

Options considered

Preferred option

Option 3 – Amendments to the schedules to effect speed limit changes to approximately 12% of the local road network.

Wait until the new rule comes into force before consulting on the proposed plan.

There is further guidance on how to consult and engage with the community under the new rule coming soon.

This option would allow more time for the development of guidelines to inform how we consult.

Currently our only guidelines are to consult as if it were a bylaw.

Further delays to the new rule are still a risk. Consulting later in the year is a risk due to local government elections then.

Engagement was carried out in May 2021 and there has already been significant delay to the many requests from the community for speed limit improvements.

Engagement with the community in May 2021 focused on a step change for speed limits with a broad-brush approach across the region affecting most roads accept some arterial roads.

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

Feedback rejected the broad-brush approach opting for changes in specific locations such as the CBD, townships, schools, areas of growth/change for safety and wellbeing benefits from walking and cycling and areas where there were safety concerns.

In particular, it was controversial for Council to propose 80km/h as a step change to unsealed rural roads and sealed roads that are arduous to drive which did not align with SAAS 60km/h.

Although less that the current posted speeds of 100km/h, 80km/h was seen by Police and Waka Kotahi to be promoting an unsafe speed.  The community typically felt the proposed speeds were too slow and would lead to more unsafe roads with driver frustration.

Speed limit changes to approximately 12% of the local road network as detailed in the amended speed limit bylaw. In accordance with the reasoning provided.

Timeline

Consultation closed 5pm Monday 9 May

Consultation period6 April to 5pm Monday 9 May
Hearing of submissions29 June
Decision of Council11 August 2022