Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds says the Government must act to on road safety rules such as 30km/h at peak times and minimum passing distances for cyclists to help protect our most vulnerable road users.
Work Safe is promising to keep adults ‘healthy and safe’, but little is being done for children who walk or cycle to school. Road workers have speed limits of 30km/h and these speed limits are posted in many city centres where adults work. Speed limits outside schools can be up to 100km/h, despite a recommended maximum speed limit of 30km/h at peak times.
When children head to school on their bikes, there are no rules to protect them from cars passing dangerously close on the road. Currently there is only a ‘suggested’ passing distance; 1 metre is the recommended passing distance for vehicles driven up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres above 60km/h.
The 8th to 14th May is Road Safety Week and presents an opportunity for the Government to act and put consistent road safety laws in place.