Story: Street life

Speed limits

Speed limits

By the 1910s motor cars had become a common sight on streets. Pedestrians and motorists shared the road and vehicle speeds were kept low to reduce accidents. As this 1919 image of Victoria Avenue shows, the speed limit on this Whanganui bridge was 8 miles (13 kilometres) per hour.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tesla Studios Collection (PAColl-3046)
Reference: 1/1-020910; G
Photograph by Frank J. Denton

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Pedestrians give way to cars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010