Speed management improves safety, saving lives and preventing serious injuries. Appropriate speed limits play a key part. Speed management also helps to reduce harmful emissions and noise pollution, makes communities more liveable and attractive, and improves our health and wellbeing.
Hamilton has a Vision Zero goal, meaning no deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Find out more about the Road to Zero national strategy.
Speed Management Plan
With increasing numbers of people on our roads, we need to make sure they’re as safe as possible. Part of this is having the right speeds.
The Speed Management Plan is an implementation plan for achieving safer speeds in Hamilton. It sets out the what, who, where and how of work to be done, and indicates funding to implement the work. Speeds are managed through a combination of road design, risk-targeted enforcement, and education on safe behaviour, all reinforced by appropriate speed limits.
Safer speed areas
Safer Speeds Areas is one of our local speed limit initiatives. They set a limit of 40km/h, and are usually in:
- residential areas with lots of people using active modes like bikes, scooters or walking
- busy pedestrian areas like the central city
- and around existing 40km/h School Speed Zones.
Safer Speed Areas are important on:
- narrow residential streets with buses and other vehicles trying to squeeze past parked cars
- unusually wide residential streets, as in addition to traffic calming road features, they discourage speeding.
You can view Safer Speed Areas on the National speed limits register.
Request a Safer Speed Area
If you would like to discuss a possible location for (or improvements to) a Safer Speed Area, contact our City Infrastructure Unit through our Customer Service team, by calling 07 838 6699 during office hours, emailing email@example.com, or use the Antenno App to contact them (available to download free on the App Store or Google Play).
Last updated 23 January 2023