George st retail area Traffic Lanes have just today become a Pedestrian Shared Space, with speed humps, a 10kph speed limit, and over $10,000 worth of 10kph signs that were already purchased in advance of the Council 9-4 decision.
The change is claimed for space distancing safety and not pedestrian ideology.
Just in – a correction from DCC CEO Bidrose regarding her previously advised pre-purchase of 10kph signs:
From: Sue Bidrose <Sue.Bidrose@dcc.govt.nz>
Date: Saturday, 16 May 2020 at 11:42 AM
To: “Council 2019-2022 (Elected Members)” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Executive Leadership Team (ELT)” <email@example.com>
Subject: 10kph sign purchase correction. There was NO commitment to spend for 10kph signs prior to your resolution.
During the meeting yesterday, I was asked about purchase of the 10kph signs and staff commitment to spending ten thousand dollars on those prior to any council resolution on the shared street resolutions. I had checked this out earlier and been told that street signs had been purchased, but if the resolutions did not pass, they could be used elsewhere. I interpreted that as ‘10pkh signs had been ordered’. During the meeting, I was corrected my Mr Drew, who’d been told that signs had been ordered but the arrangement was that if the slow street recommendation did not pass, council would not be paying for any 10kph signs.
I did advise the Mayor and Chair of that just prior to the meeting’s end, but there was no reasonable opportunity for me to make the correction during the meeting.
So – to be utterly clear, the road signs were made and produced without the ‘10’ in the centre – that was done immediately following the resolutions being passed. If the council had voted No yesterday, there would have been no money spent on any 10pkh signage, decals etc.