Cobham Drive safer speed the futures is getting closer

The 2013 ‘Transport Modelling Report for Southern Links’ stated that ‘The lowering of the speed limit and speed operating environment on Cobham Dr from 80km/h to 60km/h has positive benefits … with improved road safety’ (see image at end of post). The Cobham Drive Bridge provides a never-ending example of why the present high speed is unsafe.

Normal crash damage to Cobham Bridge, which gets repaired every few mouths

Even though there is a shared use path alongside Cobham Dr by Hamilton Gardens and through Yendell Park, the narrow entrance to the bridge path is uncomfortable and the over-growth alongside the narrow path on the Melville side (and Dillicar park side) of Cobham Drive forces many higher speed long-distance commuter cyclists on to the road. These cyclists are just like car drivers; they take the fastest and most direct route, even though it does not look safe to a person new to biking.

Normal morning hospital staff commuter

A search of the Waikato Times gives the history of the type of crashes happening along Cobham Drive:

 These are just a few. Living near this corner I have seen many more. So it makes sense that Hamilton City council supports NZTA in lowering the speed limit on Cobham Drive

It took over a year for Waka Kotahi (NZTA) to thank Hamilton City Council for support in lowering the speed limit, but it did not actually do anything.

The key issue is that the posted 80 km per hour speed limit is more than double the design speed of the 35 km per hour bridge corner. If we want to reduce the endless crashes on the bridge corner, the posted speed limit should be closer to the design speed.


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