Prioritising road safety issues in Darfield

8 months ago
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Now we've had a few submissions on our road safety issues map (please keep them coming!), we're starting to see a few common themes.

The issues you've all identified so far are split between physical issues (for example, potholes, visibility issues, and inadequate signage) and risky behaviour (e.g. drivers not obeying speed limits, no stopping signs or stop signs). Which do you think is more important to address?

Quite a few have identified specific issues regarding school children - in your view, does the presence of children make the issue a higher priority? How about for cyclists, or pedestrians, who are less protected?

And how about the type of vehicle? There have been issues identified around trains and heavy trucks, which are less common vehicles but potentially pose a higher risk. Does that make these road safety issues more important?

We'd love to hear your views. All views are valid - and of course please remember our Forum Etiquette Guide.

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  • Cynthia 8 months ago
    Over the last week we have experienced water over the road from irrigators. This creates a danger to road users.
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    • PKJ 8 months ago
      This will as a result of the start-up phase of Central Plains Irrigation Scheme Stage 2. Hundreds of new irrigators are being calibrated at present and it takes a little time to set these up correctly to avoid watering beyond the boundary fence at times, especially when the wind changes. Farmers appreciate feedback to assist when this happens. Some farmers have many irrigators to monitor where they have chosen smaller irrigators in order to save shelter hedges. Central Plains Water Limited have procedures in place to notify farmers in order to correct this problem.
  • PKJ 8 months ago
    A widespread and serious problem across Selwyn District is black ice in winter, usually resulting from trees shading the road. While we are aware of the value of shelter to livestock, there needs to be a higher priority placed upon human life. Education and if necessary enforcement to encourage landowners to trim trees to a safe height to allow sun on the road. would be a good start. Ashburton District has been proactive in this regard, we could learn from their example.
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    • Admin Commented Alasdair 8 months ago
      Hi PKJ, this is an interesting point you've raised.This appears to be an example of a hidden risk: if what you're saying is correct, landowners are potentially putting people in danger without knowing it.You said that Ashburton District has been proactive in this regard, can you elaborate on that a bit? What did the council say or do, and what was the result, do you know?
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  • Wai 8 months ago
    More communication between council and locals on roading would be good - this forum is a good start - thank you.It would be good if a section of road had signage saying that it was under review with a web link to proposed changes and seeking feed back.
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    • Admin Commented Alasdair 8 months ago
      Hi Wai, thanks for your comment.What impact do you think the signage you suggest (saying the section of road was under review) might have in drivers and other users of that section of road?
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      • Wai 8 months ago
        Hopefully "drivers and other users of that section of road" will investigate the web link and either support or suggest changes to what has been proposed. This way rather than objecting once a job is done it can remedied in the planning phase thereby saving money.I have had the experience where an intersection was changed that has made the intersection significantly more unsafe. I tried to object when I could see what was happening but by then it is was too late. Something our neighbours and most of our visitors comment on when coming to our place is how dangerous the intersection is now.
  • Janetmac 8 months ago
    The roads leading into Darfield are not over wide and while farmers tend to be good with tractors by pulling left I find that trucks and tankers are not so aware. With a small car it is not a great idea to pull off the road and some of the tankers do not really slow either. More education for these heavy vehicle drivers would be a help.
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    • Admin Commented Alasdair 8 months ago
      Thanks Janetmac, so you think the Council should focus on education of drivers of heavy vehicles as their main priority?
  • keith 8 months ago
    I have a NavMan GPS installed in my vehicle which is updated regularly, and find that throughout the Selwyn District the speed limits shown on this are often incorrect (almost always the GPS shows a higher speed limit than actually applicable). This has also been observed with other makes of GPS. Is there any regular dialogue between the council and the makers of GPS systems to ensure accurate information is available to drivers.