School cycles to ask for safer speed limit

Cycling the  Otago Central Rail Trail, on their way to have their petition heard at yesterday’s Central Otago District  Council meeting are (clockwise, from left) Zavier Robb (12) Julius Gorman (12), Anika Robb (8), Lynn Stewart, Doug White, Elina Kiuru,
Cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail, on their way to have their petition heard at yesterday’s Central Otago District Council meeting are (clockwise, from left) Zavier Robb (12) Julius Gorman (12), Anika Robb (8), Lynn Stewart, Doug White, Elina Kiuru, Elli Kiuru (8), Oiva Kiuru (6) and Kiri Morgan (8). Photo: Alexia Johnston
Children have made a heartfelt plea to Central Otago District councillors that a section of Earnscleugh Rd at Clyde be reduced to 70kmh, down from 100kmh.

Concerned parent Elina Kiuru, supported by children and staff at Clyde School, attended yesterday’s council meeting to present their petition, signed by 175 people, calling for a reduced speed limit.

They have requested a 70kmh zone be introduced about 500m before the entrance to the Picnic Creek subdivision, then reduced to 50kmh at the subdivision entrance by Paulin Rd.

The group cycled on the Otago Central Rail Trail to the meeting.

Some children told councillors they had experienced close calls travelling to school.

Councillors showed genuine interest in their concerns.

‘‘We felt very welcome and there were so many people there, they had to get more seats,’’ Dr Kiuru said.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan thanked the school’s representatives for presenting the petition.

‘‘We’ll have a talk ... particularly with roading staff to find out what can and can’t be done.’’

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