Southern View: May 28, 2019

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4 Tuesday May 28 2019

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SOUTHERN VIEW

News

Keeping kids

Speed limits under review

safe on bikes

•From page 1

The nursing student was on her

way to work when a 75-year-old

truck driver took a turn without

seeing her. She was hit and pulled

under the truck. The driver

pleaded guilty to careless driving

causing death and was sentenced

to pay reparations and disqualified

from driving for

eight months.

Last year Eva was

also knocked off

her bike by a vehicle

while she was cycling

to school. She was

Sharla

Haerewa

lucky to come away

with minor injuries,

but said she was

shaken after the incident.

“These are the reasons why

I decided it was important to

stand up and do something that

could help save the lives of others,

especially kids who cycle or scooter

to school,” said Eva.

With funding help from Youth

Voice Canterbury’s ‘big ideas

fund’, Eva and Jazz have gifted

75 fluro vests to pupils who cycle

to school. They are adorned with

a surfer-inspired design and the

message ‘marutau – be safe’. “It

was important to us that the design

would be seen as cool by other kids

to overcome the ‘that’s naff’ thing

that stops us from wearing this

type of safety clothing,” said Jazz.

•From page 1

“We have been put off from

accessing Healthy Harvest Fruit

and Veges because the 80km/h

speed limit is a real hazard,” Mr

Peters said.

He said Halswell Junction Rd

needs to be lowered to 50km/h

– particularly past the Knights

Stream Park area.

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

Community Board member

Ross

McFarlane

said from

a safety

perspective,

lowering

the speed

limit “has to

Ross

McFarlane

happen.”

“We are

suffering

increased volumes on the road,

there is more development in

the area and there is more traffic

coming through from outer

areas (Lincoln and Prebbleton),”

he said.

His views were backed by the

chairman Mike Mora, who said

it is an “ideal opportunity” due

to the build-up of residential

density and developments.

Mr McFarlane said

of particular concern is

Cashmere Rd, because of its

high recreational use and its

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rural nature. In June last year,

Statistics New Zealand data

showed Halswell’s population

had grown by about 7000

people, making its population

about 27,400. For Hornby, the

population was estimated at

24,300 as of June last year and

DECREASE:

Speed limit

changes

are

planned

for many

roads,

including

Cashmere

Rd.

had increased by 1800 people

since 2013.

Halswell’s population is

projected to grow to 40,000 by

2033, while Hornby will grow

to 25,800 by 2033, city council

statistics show.

It comes after the Selwyn

District Council last week

approved lowering the speed

limit on 31 roads, which will

come into place on August 1.

City council transport

operations manager Steffan

Thomas said evidence from

around New Zealand and the

world revealed even small

decreases in travelling speeds

can significantly increase crash

survival rates and result in fewer

serious injuries.

Consultation runs until June

17. To make a submission, go to

www.ccc.govt.nz and click on

the ‘Have Your Say’ page.

•HAVE YOUR SAY: Do

you think speed limits

need to drop in Halswell

and Hornby? Email your

views to georgia.oconnor@

starmedia.kiwi

Phone Stewart 027 488 6975 or George 027 334 4197 www.harwelservicesltd.com

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