The brilliant (literally) neon sign that's appeared on the newly finished Onetangi Rd Rehabilitation heralds the start of a campaign to slow down the traffic on Waiheke. This Auckland Transport initiated campaign, supported by the Local Board and local police, comes in response to resident concerns, raised at Transport Forums, that speeding is a problem on Waiheke. Recent traffic surveys show the average speed on our roads is 10kph over the speed limit and it's locals who are the problem.
In addition to using signage and signing a pledge to keep to the speed limit there is another campaign starting soon aimed at changing driver behaviour. This is the Waiheke Winding Lane trial. Three roads, Trig Hill, Wilma and the Esplanade, will have extra signage and traffic calming measures to get local users to recognise their special Waiheke character and drive taking extra care and responsibility for all road users. If these campaigns are successful it's hoped that residents of other 'character' roads will want to take up the concept.