Safe speeds around schools Safe speeds around schools
The internationally recognised safe and appropriate speed in areas with people walking and on bikes, like around schools, is 30km/h. In Auckland, there are over 560 schools with current speed limits that do not make walking, cycling, and scooting appealing modes of transport, both for children and their parents.
New safe speed limits
Speed limits around 57 schools were successfully changed to 30km/h between 30 June – 28 July 2022 as part of Phase 2 speed programme. See the full list of Phase 2 school speed limits.
For Phase 3 of the Safe Speeds Programme, we have proposed safe speed limits around a further 82 Auckland schools between 1 December 2022 and 30 March 2023.
The new 30km/h school zone speed will be legally enforceable by NZ Police.
Reasons for these changes
- Setting safe speed limits outside and surrounding schools improves children’s safety. If parents believe their children are safe on the way to school, they will allow them to walk and cycle to school more often.
- Safe speed limits deliver many benefits to Auckland communities including: healthier environments, thriving town centres, safe streets for walking and biking, improved air quality, and lower carbon emissions.
- The internationally accepted speed to greatly reduce the chances of a pedestrian being killed or seriously injured is 30km/h.
The majority of these 82 schools are located in residential areas where the actual speeds that vehicles travel at (operating speeds) are already low. Therefore, the changes we propose will simply bring the posted speed limit in line with the speed vehicles are already travelling at.
Time frame for school speed changes
To find out when the changes will happen for your school, you can match your school’s Local Board Area to the date that the change will take place
|Amendment bylaw date||Corresponding local board areas|
|1 December 2022||Aotea/Great Barrier Island, Waiheke Island, Franklin|
|26 January 2023||Franklin, Howick, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Papakura|
|2 March 2023||Devonport-Takapuna, Henderson-Massey, Hibiscus and Bays, Kaipātiki, Rodney, Upper Harbour|
|2 March 2023||Albert-Eden, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Ōrākei, Puketāpapa, Waitemata, Whau|
|30 March 2023||Henderson-Massey, Rodney, Waitākere Ranges|
Schools with new speed limits
Devonport Town Centre and School Zone
Takapuna Town Centre and School Zone
Greenmeadows Intermediate School
Pacific Advance Secondary School
Henderson International School
For more information, please see FAQs on school speed management.