30 km/h School zones and minimum passing distances for cyclists

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.

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SkyPath Trust is seeking volunteers to assist with our next campaign

With SkyPath moving into the delivery phase, we at SkyPath Trust have begun developing a new campaign to improve New Zealand’s walking and cycling conditions.

We’d like to invite volunteers who are willing to assist with the campaign’s development.  Skills such as Communications, Graphic Design, Social Media or Web site design would be terrific but also people with great enthusiasm for the cause would be most welcome!

To find out more, please contact us.   We’d appreciate the chance to discuss our new campaign with you.

Regards…   Andy & Bevan

Environment Court formally grants SkyPath’s resource consent

We’re pleased to advise that the Environment Court has formally granted SkyPath’s resource consent. We are particularly grateful to the PIP Fund and Auckland Council for enabling this outcome.

As the SkyPath project moves into delivery phase, the SkyPath Trust’s role will change from “project champion” to project steering group member. However the Trust recognises that for greater walking and cycling across NZ, there are some significant challenges to be addressed:

  1. Sensible speeds; traffic speeds on our urban and rural roads should enable safe walking and cycling
  2. Smarter spending; appropriate investment in walking and cycling, we believe that this should be in the range of 5 – 7% of the annual transport budget
  3. Safer spaces; improved design standards for walking and cycling provision, and a minimum passing distance of 1.5m (between vehicle and cyclists) made law.

 

We will be raising these challenges with Transport Minister Simon Bridges and expect to meet him in the New Year to discuss the way forward.

Chief Environment Judge Newhook advised that SkyPath’s consent would be granted.

At the conclusion of the Environment Court’s hearing on SkyPath’s resource consent application, Chief Environment Judge Newhook advised that SkyPath’s consent would be granted.

We now await the Court’s final written decision. The parties are due to submit finalised agreed conditions of consent to the Court by Friday this week.

Bevan Woodward of the SkyPath Trust advises “I’m very excited that SkyPath can advance and consider this to be a most significant step forward. SkyPath is a crucial catalyst project to improve walking and cycling across the region and in conjunction with NZTA’s proposed SeaPath will provide a seamless path between Takapuna and central Auckland.”