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Dear Lester and the Auckland Transport Board,
London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Paris
These great cities of the world have speed limits of 30 km/h.
Traffic flows improve: more people walk/cycle, greater public transport use, less congestion and travel time reliability improves.
After careful consideration, the Transport Agency is lowering the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h on a high-risk section of State Highway 58. The change comes into effect on 22 September 2018.
“It’s also important to note that Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the Automobile Association, Hutt City Council, Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, Living Streets Aotearoa and many local residents support the Transport Agency’s decision to lower the speed limit.”
Living Streets Aotearoa President Andy Smith says "Skypath will be a wonderful connection for Auckland's walkers, runners and wheelchair users as well as cyclists. Skypath gives Auckland's feet a lift!"
He adds "It's a pleasure to have worked with cycling advocates on this important project."
Mr Smith says "Living Streets Aotearoa congratulates the new Government on its commitment to walking and cycling, welcomes the $390m fund and looks forward to significant changes due to the new focus on healthy, sustainable transport."
Walking advocates say the new transport budget is good news for safer roads and footpaths.