This survey is now closed.
Central government has placed a focus on reducing serious injuries and deaths associated with crashes on our roads, not only by investing in road safety improvements, but also ensuring ‘safe and appropriate’ travel speeds.
Of course the ‘safe and appropriate’ speed will vary for different types of roads, depending on their main use and characteristics.
Both Nelson City and Tasman District are starting work on reviewing the current speed limits. For speed limits to be effective, they need to be underpinned by community support and understanding.
That’s why we want to hear from you.
Please take the time to complete this online survey. It’s your chance to tell us what speed limits you think are safe and appropriate on the different types of roads we have across our region.
This feedback will help us as we review our speed limits. There will be a formal consultation process to follow if speed limit changes are proposed for specific roads.
If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey they are available at any of the Nelson or Tasman Council Offices, Libraries or Service Centres.
We've compiled some statistics on Tasman and Nelson local roads, fatal and serious crashes, as well as urban and rural road crash movement categories.
Available data for our roads shows that excessive speed was a causative factor in around a quarter of fatal or serious crashes. However, speed is a risk factor for absolutely all accidents, ranging from the smallest fender-bender to fatal accidents.
Studies have definitively shown the very strong relationship between speed and road safety. In fact, there is no other risk factor that has a more powerful impact on accidents or injuries than speed. While it may be possible to offset the impacts of higher speed to some extent by introducing other road safety measures, a reduction in speed will almost always improve road safety.
The number of fatal and serious crashes on our roads has been increasing over the past five years. We’re hoping to change that by setting speed limits that encourage drivers to select “safe and appropriate speeds” for each road environment and function.
The crash data for our fatal and serious crashes shows the most common movement types.
Our urban roads can be very busy with a lot of different activity including pedestrians, cyclists, and busy intersections often creating complex scenarios for drivers.
The survivability of car versus pedestrian or even car versus car (side impact) is affected by speed – at 50km/h a pedestrian has a 20% chance of surviving a vehicle impact; at 30km/h the survival rate increases to 90%.
1. Bend-lost control / head-on
Our rural roads are varied, some are scenic and enjoyable to drive but they can also be dangerous and unforgiving. Our roads typically are narrow, have unforgiving curves and have many hidden hazards.
None of our roads have extensive safety features like the guardrails and safety zones that are being added to some state highways.
Our communities have a role to play in assessing the risks of these roads and encouraging drivers to select safe and appropriate speeds for each road environment.