KCDC Road Safety

New Road Signs to Keep

Children Safe

Kapiti Independent News
17th September 2009

Special surface 2The KCDC Road Safety Team has a new Road Safety initiative for schools on roads throughout Kapiti which many rural motorists will already have seen.

The signs are also being placed in other places like Poplar Avenue in Raumati South.

Synthite, a recycled glass product which is skid resistant and highly visible, has been stuck to the road with the word SCHOOL written on it.

Synthite comes in a variety of colours but these signs are red with the SCHOOL written in yellow.

Special surface 3The new signs on the road surface are at the approaches to schools in Poplar Ave, Raumati South, Waitohu Valley Road, Otaki, School Road, Te Horo and Reikorangi Road, Waikanae

“The idea is to make sure motorists are aware they’re approaching a school and to keep a look-out for children,” School Travel Plan coordinator, Tiffany Jackson says.

A problem schools face on rural roads is that the speed limit is higher — and cars are moving a lot faster than on urban roads.

“Children still need to cross these roads and we want to make it as safe as possible for them to do so. This is an effective way to remind drivers watch out because there could be children about and to slow down,” says Tiffany.

Red-tinged synthite has also been used successfully on the approaches to Paekakariki and Waikanae as a way of advising motorists the speed limit changes at those points. The product wears well and has a high visual impact.

Motorists will also have noticed green synthite being used to mark cycle lanes along various parts of the State Highway.