Brooklyn resident in car accident wants 30kmh zone extended
May 7, 2019
Brooklyn resident Moggie Grayson, who was in a car accident on Ohiro Road, is fighting to have the 30kmh zone extended further south from the shopping centre.
She told the residents association she wanted the 30kmh zone extended south to Taft Street, near St Bernard’s school.
Resident Grayson was heading to Lyall Bay to take her dog to the beach down Ohiro Road during rush hour traffic last October. She had to stop behind a car waiting to turn down Reuben Avenue before the accident. “I didn’t see him coming at all. It was an absolute shock.”
She escaped with only whiplash but wanted to do what she could to make the road safer. Now when she goes down the road, she drives at 30kmh to force cars to slow down.
“Well I’m always worried about the same thing happening again. What I do now is I don’t speed up. I stay at 30kmh all the way until I’m past Reuben Avenue.”
She would go down Ohiro Road a couple of times a week and said it is busy between four and five in the evening. Many heavy trucks go down Ohiro Road on their way to the southern landfill. She believed the downhill slope and bend in the road both contributed to it being unsafe.
Greater Brooklyn Residents Association secretary Carl Savage said that the association supported the proposal. Their next step would be to create a formal submission for the Transport Sub Committee.
However, he believed it would be a long process as the proposal would need to go to several Wellington City Council committees. “I see a lot of goodwill toward [Moggie] Grayson’s proposal, but do not expect matters to happen overnight.”
Transport strategy and operations city councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said the council would consider a proposal for the extension. He said other options could be putting down yellow lines “for better visibility” or warning signs near the road.
Calvi-Freeman agreed that the road could be unsafe when large trucks went too fast. “It would only take one or two trucks speeding to make it dangerous.”