Proposal status: Feedback closed 29 April 2022
Reference number: VRU2022-024
In April 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety in Mount Eden by installing one new and upgrading three pedestrian crossing facilities along View Road.
After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed during the next financial year, between July 2022 and June 2023. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. Most of the respondents were supportive of the proposal as the changes would make crossing the road safer, especially for children walking to the nearby schools. The following is a summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them.
- Concern about the safety, impact on emergency vehicles and the noise that a raised crossing may produce. The focus of this project is to improve pedestrian safety along View Road. The proposed raised crossings have been designed so that they minimise the impact/damage to vehicles and discomfort to passengers of buses and emergency vehicles.
They will also not create noise issues. The design and the spacing of the raised crossings meet the current standards and should not worsen any vehicle suspension issues.
- Concern that the project may lead to increased vehicle emissions when stopping before and accelerating after the raised crossing. Auckland Transport is aware of the effects of vehicle emissions to the issue of climate change. However, there is no measurable impact of vehicle emissions on raised zebra crossings.
We do monitor air quality at some of the busiest intersections in Auckland and this reveals that the air quality standards are rarely exceeded. This data is publicly available from the Auckland Council Environmental Data Portal.
- Suggests that the budget for roadworks/raised crossings be diverted to improving bus services. Pedestrian safety is priority under AT’s Vision Zero strategy. Vision Zero for Tāmaki-Makaurau Auckland is an ambitious new transport safety vision that states that there will be no deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050.
- Concern about visibility issues once two parking spaces are reinstated. The series of raised tables along View Road will decrease the speeds of motorists. The visibility requirements for the design of the speed table allows the reinstatement of two parking spaces outside property 60.
- Suggestion that belisha beacons (orange lights on poles at zebra crossings) can better help with visibility issues at night. Beacons are the preferred treatment at pedestrian crossing locations and will be installed at this location.
- Requests for the proposed changes to not obstruct driveway or vehicle access. All appropriate vehicle tracking, and visibility checks have been undertaken to ensure that all raised crossings are safe and do not obstruct vehicles entering and exiting adjacent properties.
- Requests to add another raised zebra crossing before the View Road-Esplanade Road roundabout due to speeding vehicles. The existing road-level zebra crossing near the View Road-Esplanade Road roundabout was considered for raising during the investigation phase.
However, the proposed speed tables would be enough response to the issue as these are expected to reduce speeds along View Road approaching the roundabout.
- Concerned that these new crossings may add to existing traffic issues during rush hours. The focus of this project is to improve pedestrian safety along View Road. The proposed crossing locations are spaced approximately 80 to 100 metres apart, hence, we do not anticipate traffic congestion along View Road.
Minor traffic congestion is always expected with the introduction of any new crossing facility.
- Concerned that the crossing in Kawaka Street will just be a waste of time due to pedestrian behaviour. The crossing near Kawaka Street is an existing crossing location which is being upgraded to a raised facility. The raised treatment aims to make the crossing safer and pedestrian friendly as it will slow down vehicles on the approach.
- Requests for fixing of the narrow footpath at bus stop 77 View Road. As you may be aware, an additional patch of footpath has been installed in front of the bus shelter outside 77 View Road to accommodate bus patrons waiting on the footpath.
We're proposing improvements in your area
We are proposing pedestrian safety improvements along View Road, Mt Eden. This would involve upgrading 3 pedestrian zebra crossing facilities and installing a new one.
We are proposing to:
- Install a new raised zebra crossing near the intersection of View Road and Horoeka Avenue. The new pedestrian crossing will be raised to platform level with the footpath.
- Upgrade the existing zebra crossings at 33 and 64 View Road to raised zebra crossings.
- Upgrade the existing pedestrian island crossing at the intersection of View Road and Horoeka Avenue to meet the current safety standards for pedestrian island crossings. This involves painting broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) near the crossing to improve visibility between pedestrians and drivers.
- Install tactile pavers at the approach of all 4 crossings. Tactile pavers are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people find their way to the crossings and safely cross the road.
- Move the existing bus stop and shelter outside of 49 View Road a few metres to increase visibility between pedestrians and drivers at the new crossing facility.
- Reinstate 2 parking spaces outside 60 View Road
These changes will increase pedestrian safety along View Road by improving 4 clear crossing points that are used daily by people walking in the area.
The 3 raised zebra crossings will guide drivers to slow down when approaching the crossing while also giving pedestrians priority when waiting to cross the road. The upgraded pedestrian island crossing will increase visibility between drivers and pedestrians crossing, to ensure that updated safety standards are met.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
What happens next
- We’ll listen to all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
- We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
- We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.
This proposal is supported with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax.
Mt Eden: Safe with us
Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around View Road are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).