|20 January 2000|
Flashing School Signs To Mark 40kmh Limit
Electronic flashing road signs with a 40kmh limit will be erected outside five Christchurch schools next week.
They are being used in the first New Zealand trial that will last two years.
It is a joint venture by Transit NZ, the Christchurch City Council, the Police, and the Land Transport Safety Authority, with support from the Automobile Association.
The signs will indicate school zones and be placed outside Bishopdale, Harewood, Halswell, and Belfast primary schools, and Branston Intermediate.
A demonstration of the first new sign will be held at the Halswell School on Monday and the other signs will be erected by Wednesday in time for the new school term.
The deputy Prime Minister, Jim Anderton, will unveil the new sign.
The aim of the signs is to provide pedestrians and drivers dropping off children outside schools a greater feeling of safety as well as alerting drivers to the special zones.
The ultimate goal of road safety organisations is to encourage more pupils to walk or cycle to schools.
Flashing signs will be in operation from 8.25am to 9am and 2.50pm to 3.15pm when schools are open.
City Council traffic engineer: