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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.’’