Proposal status: Feedback closed 23 July 2019, last updated 16 August 2019
Reference number: MIP1920-013
We've proposed changes in your area
We proposed to upgrade the existing crossing located outside number 38 Pine Street, Mt Eden to a raised zebra crossing. Our proposal responded to a request from the local community to address issues of pedestrian safety, especially for school children. This would not involve the removal of any on-street parking.
Why the changes are needed
The raised zebra crossing is expected to improve road safety for people walking in the area by slowing approaching traffic and prioritising pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received multiple encouraging responses from community members and stakeholders who supported plans to improve road safety and pedestrian facilities on Pine Street, Mt Eden.
- Safety concerns - one respondent raised concerns that the proposed side islands will create a pinch point for cyclists to move through this location.
These side islands are intended to minimise the distance that pedestrians need to cross, and to provide adequate visibility between people walking and approaching drivers. Due to the proximity of a school and the significant pedestrian demand this creates, we consider this element of the design to be important and the best option. Unfortunately, site constraints make it difficult for a cycle bypass to be included. However, we expect the existing broken yellow lines leading into the crossing will improve visibility between motorists and other vulnerable road users such as people on bicycles.
- Alternative designs - one respondent suggested an alternative design for this location, involving simply adding signage, lighting and road markings to the existing facilities.
The proposal aims to increase road safety for school children by giving them formal priority over cars. Including side islands as part of this design is important as they reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians and physically deter cars from stopping over the crossing and creating an additional safety issue. As there is a low volume of pedestrian traffic during night time and visibility is not a major issue on Pine Street, belisha beacons with fluorescent orange discs are preferred over flashing lights at this location. For these reasons, we believe the current design is most appropriate one for this location.
- Road maintenance - requests were made to investigate the issue of leaves and other debris frequently blocking the existing drains at this location. Another request was made to attend to the slip hazard created by lose road seal which remains on Pine Street following the road’s resurfacing in January 2019.
Thank you for taking the time to bring these matters to our attention. These requests have been passed on to our Maintenance team for further investigation.
- New infrastructure or treatments - we received a request to investigate the possibility of turning Oxton Street into a cul-de-sac only accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. We also received a request to investigate the possibility of a raised pedestrian crossing on Eldon Road between Dunbar and Brixton Roads.
We thank you for these suggestions. Oxton Street has relatively low traffic demand, with no crash data over the past five years. Overall, the traffic on this road is well operating. Due to operational reasons, we are unable to justify changes on the layout of Oxton Road at this point in time. Side islands currently exist outside number 3 Eldon Road. This suggestion has been lodged and we will investigate pedestrian demand at this location and access the feasibility of upgrading this existing facility into a raised pedestrian crossing.
We plan for construction works to take place by June 2020, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays. Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.