Consultation status: closed 31 August 2017
Proposal reference: MCI1718-010
We are proposing to convert the existing Carrington Road zebra crossing near Sutherland Street into a dual cyclist/pedestrian crossing.
Our aim is to encourage more people to cycle or walk to the shops, to school or the train station, or simply for fun and exercise. We can achieve this through developing convenient, safe and attractive transport routes for walkers, cyclists and drivers and through creating safe crossings for people on bikes and for pedestrians.
The proposal includes the following changes:
- Marking a cyclist crossing next to the pedestrian zebra crossing.
- Speed cushions on the traffic lanes on the approaches to the crossing.
- Ramps from the cycle lane to access the shared path and the crossing.
- Relocation of the northbound bus stop.
- Separators along the cycle lane next to the proposed speed cushions on Carrington Road.
Why the changes are needed
We are proposing to add a cycle crossing next to the existing zebra crossing on Carrington Road to provide people on bikes with a priority crossing, which they currently do not have when they are crossing on the zebra crossing. The crossing would be along the north-western cycleway route, which is one of the busiest cycle routes in Auckland.
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.
- A tunnel would future proof this section of cycle way. This is outside of the scope and budget for this project.
- Adequate signage is needed to inform road users of the changes. Adequate warning signage on Carrington Rd is part of the final design, including new ‘Give Way to Cyclists and Pedestrians’ signs and pavement markings.
- Speed cushions will unnecessarily slow down traffic. Speed cushions are a necessary safety device used to reduce the speed at which motorists cross the path to reduce the risk of an accident.
- Bus stop should be north of the crossing. The shared path north of crossing is busier than the footpath south due to it is part of the Northwestern Cycleway. Bus stops along shared paths require additional space to accommodate waiting passengers as well as pedestrians and cyclists using the shared path. There is not enough space north of the crossing to accomodate the crossing.
- Concerns about transition from road to path being smooth. Ramps proposed on both sides of the paired crossing. These ramps will ease the transition from road to path riding.
- Educate both cyclists and motorists. For motorists nothing will change except the need to give way to cyclists as well as pedestrians. This should make the rule easier to follow as motorists will simply give way to all path users instead of judging who to give way to. Appropriate signage will be in place to reinforce this change to the crossing rules.
- Extra Lighting needed. This is an existing crossing facility with lighting already in place appropriate for a priority crossing.
- Trim vegetation. Vegetation lining the footpaths and shared paths are already trimmed in this area as part of regular ongoing street maintenance. No new trimming is needed as no new pathway are being constructed in the proposal.
- Raised crossing. This was the original preferred option; however, it was discarded to storm water drainage issues and safety/operational concerns.
- Right angle turns for cyclists may be a bit difficult, rounding the turns could be an option? Space is an issue due to proximity of the sides of the road reserve and the need for a pram ramp.
- Need a way to slow both cars and cyclists. Speed cushions, signs and markings, and the centre concrete island are being used to slow car drivers. Cyclists are slowed through the right angle turning movement.
- Install flashing cats eyes such as the ones trialled at Kohi Beach. These are not regarded as needed at this stage but might be a consideration for the future.
- Install signage telling drivers to slow down. Crossing signage is already part of the design. Drivers are already aware of the crossing as it is already in place.
- Tactile pavers need to retain traction when wet, so please be careful about choice of product. This will be considered when constructing the crossing.
- The crossing should be the other side of Sutherland Road. This would be closer to the desired line for Northwestern cycleway path users; however, that location was deemed too close to signalised crossing at Great North Road and would mean a completely new crossing facility and lighting upgrade. Also the current location already facilitates crossing between Unitec and Sutherland Road.
- Tree on Unitec potentially limits visibility. Trees are already trimmed to adequate height as part of existing street maintenance. Bus stop relocation will help with visibility for motorists approaching from the south.
- Utility covers around the crossing are slippery when wet. This is outside the scope of the project.
- A 2-way cycle lane from Sutherland Road to Great North Road shops would be useful. This is outside the project scope. Cycle lanes already exist on each side of Great North Rd before and after the project site.
- Concerns about separators being substantial enough to stop encroaching traffic. The design will specify a large size separator is used.
- Install a bridge over Carrington Road. This is outside of the scope and budget for this project.
- Would like wider access point on ramps. Ramps are of standard width relative to width of on-road cycle lane on Carrington Rd.
- Would like a wider path on the Unitec side of the road. This would be ideal but is outside the scope of this project. Telephone wire pole and road signs would need to be relocated adding significant cost.
- The concrete slabs between Te Atatu and Lincoln Road have too much of a gap between them so are bumpy to ride. This is outside the scope of this project.
- Install signage directing people to the crossing. Wayfinding markings are being proposed as part of this project.
- Request for additional works including maintenance work on pavements in the area. If you would like your request to be considered by us for future development works, please provide feedback here.
We expect to introduce this work in the 2018/19 financial year, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues.
Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.