School Safety Project
We’re currently undertaking a district wide approach to making streets around schools safer.
Stratford High School safety improvements
Using feedback we’ve received from the school community, residents and wider community, we’ve developed a design to implement safety improvements around Stratford High School.
In summary some of the changes we are making:
- Slowing traffic speeds (as proposed below)
- Upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing
- Providing additional crossing facilities and pedestrian islands
- Removing a section of berm to create recessed parking bays across the road from the school between Fenton Street and Cloten Road.
Work on some of these improvements will be carried out over July/August 2022, particularly along Fenton Street and Cloten Road.
School Zone Speeds
As part of the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022, which came into effect on 19 May 2022, we're lowering the speed limits in school zones across our district.
We're proposing to change the permanent speed to 30 km/hr for urban school zones and 60 km/hr for rural school zones. During June we asked for feedback from our school communities and properties that are within the school zones impacted. Using their feedback we've made some minor amendments to the original proposal.
The proposed speed limits and zones can be viewed by clicking on the below school names.
- Avon School
- Makahu School
- Midhirst School
- Pembroke School
- St Joseph’s Catholic School
- Stratford High School
- Stratford Primary School
- Taranaki Diocesan
We are working with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to reduce the speed around the remaining four schools in our district (Hiuakama School, Marco School, Ngaere School, and Toko School). Waka Kotahi will manage the speed limits for these schools.
We've sought feedback on these changes in two stages:
Stage One – Engagement with the school community and residents identified as being directly affected with the proposed speed changes (June 2022). If you live in one of the above school zones you would have received a letter asking for your feedback on the proposed speed change for that school. Feedback for this part of consultation closed on 30 June 2022.
Stage Two – Consultation with the wider community on all school speed changes (August 2022). After receiving feedback from our school community and residents, we reviewed our proposals and are now asking the wider community to provide feedback on all school zone speed limits at once. This consultation closes on Friday 16 September 2022.
Why are we doing this?
Our vision is to improve the safety of streets near school entrances for all road users, increase active travel to school and reduce congestion on our roads.
Some of the issues we are experiencing around our schools are:
- Driving behaviour outside the school that is often illegal and puts kids at risk
- Near misses that make walking and cycling feel unsafe
- Safety issues that are a key barrier to active school travel
- Driving behaviour outside the school that contributes to congestion and queueing. Which impacts on other road users.
For more information about this project you can contact us on 06 765 6099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org