We all deserve a transport system that puts people at the centre – that protects and helps us to get to the places and people important to us, so we can live life to the full.
When our streets are calm and everyone travels at speeds that are appropriate for the road environment, we create inclusive, healthy and people-friendly towns and cities where we can all move around freely, no matter how we choose to travel.
We want our tamariki and future generations to have independence and freedom to thrive. We can do this by designing a transport system that allows young people to get around on their own whether walking, cycling, travelling by scooter or by bus.
In Otago, this could mean you can bike to work efficiently and comfortably. Our elderly can use mobility aids confidently to get to their local shops and medical centres, to access community groups and visit whānau, people, and places they care about. Our parents can have peace of mind when tamariki walk to school because they know those travelling alongside them are doing so within a safe system.
This is our vision for Otago, and an important part of Road to Zero, Aotearoa New Zealand’s road safety strategy.
The safe system is the international gold standard in road safety management and is the approach that underpins Road to Zero.
To design transport systems with people at the centre, we need to address every part. We need speeds that suit the road and how we use it, vehicles and roads that are designed to protect people, and drivers with the right behaviours. We work alongside our partners to implement key interventions that strengthen each part of the system.
In recent years we’ve completed the following safety improvements in Otago:
We have the following safety improvements being planned or implemented:
To ensure our state highways remain safe and efficient, 228.5 lane kilometres of road renewals were completed in the Otago region from mid 2021 to mid 2022, and 293.2 lane kilometres are planned as part of the 2022/23 road maintenance programme.
We’re also working with our local government partners in the region on community road safety programmes, ranging from driver licensing to cycling skills for school children.
Changing speed limits comes down to what we all value most: protecting the lives of all of us who use our streets and roads.
Speed limits were first set before we knew what was safe and appropriate for our roads. We know this harms people we care about and have a responsibility for.
Appropriate speeds will make Otago more inclusive, good for our health and the environment by making it easier and more comfortable for people to walk, ride bikes and use scooters, wheelchairs, and other mobility aids to get around. It also gives our tamariki the opportunity for safe, active travel to school on their own, with friends or their caregivers.
It’s our responsibility to do better.
We’re taking practical steps to ensure we’re protecting the people and communities we care about – and we welcome you to be part of that journey.
We’re empowering our younger generations to thrive and have the freedom to walk, bus or bike to school by setting new speed limits.
We’re working together with local government on a target of all schools across Aotearoa, including kura kaupapa Māori and Kura ā Iwi, with safe and appropriate speed limits by the end of 2027. That’s approximately 2,500 schools in total, so our future generations can get around safely in ways that are good for their health and the environment.
There are several ways to achieve safe speeds around schools. Some roads may get permanent speed limits and others such as the state highway may use variable speed limits. Our approach considers the surrounding area of a school, to look after tamariki travelling further than the streets outside the front gate.
We aim to deliver safe speed limits to between 80 to 120 schools by mid 2024. The remaining schools will be delivered in our next National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period (2024–27) because these roading environments are complex and will require longer conversations.
The focus for Otago is on improving both safety and resilience, while maintaining key road connections and ensuring the right levels of service for everyone who uses the highway network.
Ensuring the region’s roads are safe, resilient, and well-maintained will support the farming, forestry and tourism sectors that underpin the Otago economy. The roads enable access to educational, recreational and work opportunities, the transportation of the region’s goods and produce to market, and are economic and social lifelines to remote communities.
As part of our analysis to determine the appropriate speed for a road, we consider the characteristics and nature of the road and its surrounding environment, how people are using the road, and collective safety risk.
The findings from our analysis around schools on State Highways 1, 6, 8, 83, 85, 87 and 90 showed:
The findings from our analysis on State Highway 1 showed:
We’ve had ongoing conversations with a range of partners, organisations and groups that have an interest or would be impacted by our plans to manage speed on our state highways.
Some key themes we’ve heard from these conversations:
We’ve considered feedback from these conversations alongside our analysis as factors to develop our draft Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan.
Draft Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan [PDF, 25 MB]
Following our investigation and conversations with partners, interested groups and organisations, we propose the following new speed limits:
View larger map and speed limit tables [PDF, 2.3 MB]
|State highway||School||Existing speed limit (km/h)||Proposed new speed limit (km/h)
|1||Waitaki Boys' High School||50||50/30*|
|1||Waitaki Girls' High School||50||50/30*|
|1||East Otago High School||50||50/30*|
|1||George Street Normal School||50||50/30*|
|1||Tokomairiro High School||50||50/30*|
|6||Makarora Primary School||80||80/≤60*|
|8||Roxburgh Area School||50||50/30*|
|85||Māniototo Area School||50||50/30*|
|85||St Gerard's School (Alexandra)||50||50/30*|
|87||Strath Taieri School||50||50/30*|
|87||Lee Stream School||100||100/≤60*|
|87||Amana Christian School||50||50/30*|
|90||Blue Mountain College||50||50/30*|
|State highway||Reference number (refer to map)||Location||Description||Existing speed limit (km/h)||Proposed new speed limit (km/h)
|1||1||Hillgrove Road (Moeraki) intersection speed zone (ISZ)||On SH1, approaching intersection with Hillgrove Road||100||100/60*|
We’ll work directly with communities when we begin the implementation phase to finalise speed limit sign locations.
These new speed limits will help us take steps towards a safe system by:
We are striving to work with all of our communities. If you would like to receive this information translated into te reo Māori, please email us: email@example.com
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