40kmh bid 'discontinued' after majority decision

The bid to reduce Arrowtown's 50kmh speed limit to 40kmh has been "discontinued" after a Queenstown Lakes District Council infrastructure services committee majority decision.

Council asset management engineer Andrew Edgar said in his report to yesterday's committee meeting any regulation needed "the broad support of the community" if it was to work.

"The 40kmh speed limit proposal does not appear to have this broad support and, accordingly, rather than re-consult and get the same response, it is proposed that at this stage the proposal should not proceed to re-consultation."

Arrowtown councillor Lex Perkins voted in favour of the 40kmh bid, saying he did not want to see a "concrete jungle" created from the construction of pedestrian paths.

The issue arose as a result of proposed amendments to the Speed Limits Bylaw 2009, on which 34 submissions were received, mostly on the Arrowtown speed limit.

A review found the majority of the submissions opposed the speed limit change as "there was no safety problem" and any safety problem arising out of pedestrians walking on roads could be better solved by creating more pedestrian paths.

The continuation of work on cycling and walking infrastructure would be discussed with concerned parties including Arrowtown School and the Arrowtown Village Association.




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