Increase the number of plans we complete each year from one plan to three plans on average. We could cover more of the city sooner, making Napier and its neighbourhoods safer for all road users.
Continue to complete one plan a year. Marewa, Maraenui and Onekawa would remain the priority, but under this option no additional plans could be added until 2024.
Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) plans are developed every year. These plans aim to increase safety and enjoyment on local streets for all users by managing traffic.
We do that by using physical tools such as installing speed bumps, bollards, chicanes and cycle lanes and by introducing measures such as speed limit restrictions and other road changes (for example, changing intersections or reducing road width). These plans take an area-wide view rather than a focus on a problematic street or intersection and are developed by traffic safety engineers who look at the accident data, usage data (taking into account speed and volume) and community and stakeholder feedback. Plans are then peer reviewed and sometimes temporary measures will be put in place to test the effects before a more permanent solution is installed.
Our community really loves to cycle and walk around our city and neighbourhoods and while we continue to install off-road pathways, cyclists and pedestrians are still considered vulnerable road users. We want everyone to feel safe as they navigate their neighbourhoods but we need the road network to work well too.
Our proposal is to increase the number of plans we undertake from one per year to three per year from 2022/23. The plans cost around $300,000 each. We receive a 51% contribution from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Over the next three years, we will complete plans in Marewa, Maraenui and Onekawa but with additional funding, we could start some of these earlier and add more areas in, such as Pirimai, Bay View and parts of Taradale.
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