Casuarina Road, Half Moon Bay – Pedestrian island crossing Casuarina Road, Half Moon Bay – Pedestrian island crossing

Proposal status: Feedback closed 13 April 2022

Reference number: RSU2021-058

Proposal outcome

In April, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety on Casuarina Road in Half Moon Bay. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.

What happens next

We anticipate the changes will be constructed in June/July 2022. We will be in touch with local residents prior to any construction taking place.

 Community feedback

Thank you for adding your voice to this proposal. The following is a summary of the feedback we received and our responses to the community’s suggestions and concerns.

  • Concern the road is not busy enough to need a pedestrian island crossing.
    Auckland Transport is committed to delivering a safe road network to achieve our Vision Zero targets. This location has been selected because a fatal crash involving a pedestrian occurred along this road.

    The proposed pedestrian island will provide a safer crossing option for people going to and from the bus stop, which will especially benefit elderly people and people with accessibility requirements.
  • Suggestion to install speed humps along the Casuarina Road to slow down drivers.
    A series of speed humps is usually installed as part of local area traffic calming treatments through the Residential Speed Management Programme. These treatments are not installed alone but would include other nearby streets to reduce drivers’ speeds through the neighbourhood.

    Areas are prioritised taking into consideration factors such as crashes, commuters using local roads to avoid main roads, and speeding. At this stage, there are no plans to provide area-wide traffic calming in and around Casuarina Road, but we have added your request to the list of roads for future investigation. 
  • Suggestion to install a pedestrian island crossing outside Macleans College near the two bus stops at 33-41 Macleans Road instead.
    This proposal is responding to a crash along Casuarina Road. It will improve pedestrian safety and access to the nearby bus stops. We have recorded your suggestion for consideration at a later date.

We're proposing improvements in your area

As part of our work to keep Aucklanders moving, we are proposing changes on Casuarina Road to improve pedestrian safety and are asking for just a few minutes of your time to give us your feedback.

We are proposing to:

  • Install a pedestrian island crossing at 17 Casuarina Road, near the existing bus stops. A pedestrian island crossing is a crossing point with a raised traffic island at the centre of the road which gives people a safe place to wait while crossing the road. At the sides of the road, we would install “pram crossings,” which are short ramps that makes it easy to move from the footpath to the street level, especially for people with prams or wheelchairs.
  • Install tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely across the road.
  • Remove the street tree outside of 17 Casuarina Road, which would be replaced by a new tree in a new location.
  • Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on both sides of the pedestrian island crossing points and the bus stops. This will result in the loss of 12 parking spaces.
  • Install signage and new road markings to support the proposed crossing.

Download the proposal drawing for Casuarina Road (PDF 1.5MB)

The aim of this proposal is to provide a safer crossing point to cross Casuarina Road and access the nearby bus stops. This type of crossing is designed to help people to cross roads more safely, as pedestrians can wait between the traffic islands until it is safe to cross if the road is busy.

Pedestrian island crossings do not give the people crossing the road the right of way, but they help to make them more visible. The traffic islands and signage raise drivers’ awareness of pedestrians in the area.

We understand that removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal while ensuring that buses can safely pull into and out of the bus stops and maintaining good lines of sight between drivers and the people wanting to cross the road. We have considered other positions for the crossing along Casuarina Road but installing a crossing elsewhere would have resulted in further loss of parking.

Give your feedback for Casuarina Road

What happens next

  • We’ll consider 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.

Half Moon Bay: 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 Casuarina 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).