Auckland Transport (AT) has a roads and street safety plan to help save lives. They will be consulting on it this year.
How do we fix this? Well, one of the tools in a toolkit is reducing speed limits. It's also one of the quickest and most effective things to change before we build big infrastructure projects.
Taking personal responsibility for speeds hasn't worked; that's why other means are now required.Lower speed limits will lower actual speeds because there is so much latent demand for them, and once people are 'allowed' to drive more slowly their slower speed will encourage others to drive more slowly.
If some cars are slower this provides new opportunities for people walking to cross the street, even if some drivers still drive fast. Lower speed limits will make much more pleasant environments, which will encourage many people to walk, cycle, scooter, and walk to the bus, where they would not have done so before. This will encourage mode shift away from driving, reducing traffic volumes.
We at Women in Urbanism Aotearoa think this an excellent move, but we'd like to make sure Auckland Transport takes the perspective of women, children, the elderly, the disability community, LGBTQI+, wāhine māori, our Pasifika and Asian communities seriously, by giving them insights and perspectives they don't usually get to hear. We will collect your stories in this survey, and use them to inform our own submission during the consultation period.
It’s nice to stay alive. And it should be a human right that we can walk to the dairy to get a bottle of milk without being harmed by a car!
So please help, by adding your voice to this survey.
Team Women in Urbanism Aotearoa