Consultation status: closed 14 April 2017
We are seeking feedback on a proposal to improve pedestrian crossing outside St Thomas School on Allum Street in Kohimarama.
We propose to:
- Install a Kea Crossing between 126 and 111 Allum Street, operated by school staff during the morning and afternoon school peak periods. Find out more about Kea crossings on the NZTA website.
- Install kerb buildout outside 126 Allum Street.
- Install No stopping at all times (broken yellow lines) road markings either side of the kea crossing.
- Install signage matching the kea crossing.
- Remove one tree outside 111 Allum Street to improve visibility at the crossing.
Why the changes are needed
These improvements will give school students a safer place to cross the road and allow better control of the traffic flow, especially during school peak hours.
The broken yellow lines are essential to provide clear visibility between pedestrians and drivers so that pedestrians can cross safely.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received mixed feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Some submitters questioned the need for the project, as there is a signalised pedestrian crossing already at the intersection of Allum Street and Kohimarama Road. The proposal was originated as part of the Safety Around Schools projects near St Thomas School and Selwyn College. The preliminary investigation showed a safety concern for children crossing between the school gate and Hopkins Crescent, away from the signalised intersection of Allum Street and Kohimarama Road. A kea crossing will have maximum pedestrian safety benefits as it can be used not only by school children during school peak periods (when the crossing is controlled by school patrols), but also by other pedestrians outside these hours. Feedback received from the wider St Thomas School community supported a formal crossing point near the school gate to increase children safety.
- Concern about the removal of parking for residents and local businesses. When installing kea crossings such as this one, parking loss is essential to provide adequate visibility of pedestrians and motorists. This ensures the safe operation of the crossing. The location for the kea crossing was selected based on the high number of pedestrians crossing between the school gate and Hopkins Crescent. The proposed location between 126 and 111 Allum Street provides the maximum visibility for pedestrians without excessive parking removal. There are existing parking bays on the northern side of Allum St with a timed parking restriction, which can be used to support the high turnover of parked vehicles during the school peak periods.
- Suggestion to install recessed bays for parking and drop off. It is uncommon practice for us to install parking bays due to the high cost that requires the full reconstruction of the road against the safety benefits that parking bays would bring to the community.
- Concerns about traffic flow on this road that may be impacted if the proposal is implemented. The crossing will only be controlled by school patrols for a short period - approximately half an hour in the morning and the afternoon school peak times. Outside this timeframe, the crossing will operate as an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing, where pedestrians have to wait for a gap in the traffic to cross the road. With the proposed kea crossing operating at busy peak times, we try to encourage people to cross at a single point instead of anywhere else, and stop traffic only when there is a big group of people waiting to cross the road. These changes compound will help traffic to flow more smoothly.
- Suggestion that the school should provide parking to minimise traffic congestion on Allum St at school peak times. We have no authority to request this change because the school is on private land. However, we are working with the school community to reduce car dependency and promote walking or cycling to the school. In the long term, this will help minimise traffic congestion in the area.
- Suggestion to ban large trucks and buses from driving on Allum Street. We do not consider that any type of vehicle weight or size restriction is an appropriate measure to improve safety on this road.
We expect to introduce this work starting July 2017 and throughout 2017/18, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.