Two local schools are set to receive free bikes, helmets and equipment from Auckland Transport (AT) in exchange for drivers ‘keeping it to 30km/h’ through the AMETI Eastern Busway construction zone.
Launched last week, the ‘Keep it to 30’ campaign encourages lower speed limits through the construction zone increasing safety for all road users and construction workers.
AT will monitor speeds and the number journeys through the AMETI Eastern Busway construction site, including Lagoon Drive in Panmure and parts of Pakuranga Road.
If one million safe journeys under 30 km/h are recorded between now and April 2021, Riverina School in Pakuranga and St Patricks School will receive bikes, helmets and equipment.
“We need motorists to slow down through the construction zone,” says AMETI Eastern Busway Programme Director Duncan Humphrey.
“It’s a great way to help improve safety while also achieving something positive for the local community.”
The initiative is a first of its kind to be launched in New Zealand and AT says it will be a good test to see how it leads to behaviour change.
“Slow speeds through the construction site not only benefit the people working there, but also keep the rest of the community safe, especially our children,” says Carmel Bullot, Principal of St Patricks school.
Maungakiekie Tamaki and Howick Local Boards support the campaign and see it as a win-win for the community.
“Health and safety has been carefully considered to ensure the safety of those working on the AMETI project. Road users can contribute to this, and their own safety, by observing the 30 km/h speed limit through the site,” says Adele White, Chairperson Howick Local Board.
“It’s a great way to encourage safe behaviour around the construction area and to work with AT in providing support for bikes in schools,” says Chris Makoare, Chairperson Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board.
The AMETI Eastern Busway project will provide better connections, faster journey times and improve transport choices. The busway will be supported by improved cycling and walking connections, improvements for general traffic and enhanced landscaping and street upgrades for the surrounding area.
Stage one of the project is due for completion in 2021. The ‘Keep it to 30’ campaign will run until April 2021.