Speed limit

The proposed changes to the speed zones along Greenhill and Onkaparinga Valley roads did not spring from the ether.
Back in 2013 the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) received an unusually high number of requests from Hills residents to lower speed limits.
They said they didn’t feel safe backing out of their properties, riding their bikes, walking their dogs or walking their children to school.
Rather than deal with each request individually, DPTI officials approached the Adelaide Hills Council and suggested doing a district-wide review of speed limits to try and capture the concerns and the wishes of the wider community.
From that partnership came a community consultation process that involved a survey (580 responses) and public information booths and workshops in different areas.
The feedback from residents was that they wanted more consistency with the speed limits within towns and better communication about approaching 50km/h zones and changing speed zones.
The result is a range of proposed speed limit changes affecting Summertown, Uraidla, Balhannah, Oakbank, Woodside and Charleston.
The changes have the support of the Adelaide Hills Community Road Safety Group which says the longer 50km/h zones will make it safer and easier to remember.
However, given the angry response from motorists when speed limits changed from 80km/h to 60km/h on the outskirts of Woodside a few years ago, the new limits might be struggling to obtain widespread support.
The stretches are long and when you consider the surrounds, some sections defy the consistency argument.
It’s hard to reconcile why a wide, straight piece of Onkaparinga Valley Road lined with vineyards on one side and industrial-style business and low density residences on the other would be proposed as 50km/h when residential Wellington Road in Mt Barker with a hospital, petrol station, childcare centre and supermarket is 60km/h?
These proposals are not set in stone – yet.
Residents have until April 1 to provide feedback, and now would be the time to have a say.