Speed bumps decision by council soon

George St has been transformed into a series of dots and roads signs. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
A decision is expected soon as to whether speed bumps will be added to George St. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
The Dunedin City Council is expected to receive data today which will help it decide whether the social distancing measures in George St are still necessary.

The council’s planning and environment committee last month approved, in a 9-4 vote, staff plans to allow city-centre businesses to extend on to the footpaths, and road-markings and 10kmh speed limits designed to allow people to walk through car parks and on to George St from Moray Pl to Albany St in a road treated as a "shared space".

DCC chief executive Sue Bidrose said a decision on whether to go a step further and place speed bumps in George St would be made in the next two days.

"At this point, there is no meeting set up in our calendar, but we all know we are going to meet to discuss it.

"When we came up with the plan for George St, we were still in lockdown, so we didn’t know how much social distancing people would feel that they needed to do.

"So now we will know. We can have a look at the actual data, we can have a look at the actual pedestrian numbers and traffic numbers, and make a decision about that social distancing need.

"We can look at Paymark data; we’ve done a survey about whether people are avoiding town because of the social distancing."

Dr Bidrose said the council would receive all of the data today and discussions would be made about how to proceed.

The data would also be used to inform the council’s decision about whether to continue free parking across the city.

The parking decision would be made at the next council meeting on June 8.

Many store owners spoken to by the Otago Daily Times yesterday said it was hard to know if the new safety measures had had any effect on foot traffic in the city centre.

Wild South staff member Jill Graham said foot traffic over Queen’s Birthday weekend was about the same as any other weekend

"Nobody is driving 10kmh. But there’s still lots of people walking up and down.

"There’s probably been more people in town because of the long weekend."


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I and my partner have avoided the city centre because of DCC changes. Hopefully this will be added to the survey results but unfortunately I have little faith in their surveys. They are normally biased and aimed at people who will more likely give the answers they want to hear. ODT online surveys are a much better source of public opinion.

Putting in speed bumps now would simply be a vengance action by Council because it got it so wrong. Let's be realistic here, the public have given Council the fingers on this move and speed bumps would be a belated attempt to save face. My question is why can't this Council listen to its ratepayers and residents, or it is happy blundering along making a spectacle of itself? Or does it have a Plan E, for Ego?

Exactly!.....The leadership of this council decided long ago that the ratepayers and citizens of this city are not to be factored into any consideration.

Bidrose is so consumed with her ideology, she just can't see what a total fool she is making of herself.
Dunedin will survive this, she won't..

I too have avoided the town centre so no doubt will not be included in the DCC's fataly flawed survey. Past experience is that the survey will confirm what the council require it to, not reality or what the people of Dunedin want. They are starting to look more Trumpian every day.

Don't be so silly David, This Council and Mayor make Donald Trump look like a genius!!

If this council wants to really P*** people off, they're going the right way about it.

If this nonsense continues, I'll just stop coming into town for shopping on the weekends.

Want to kill off the city centre, DCC? It sure looks like it to me.

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