Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: 20100384
In May 2022, we proposed some safety improvements on Corinthian Drive, Albany. These changes aim to improve pedestrian safety and access to green spaces and local businesses, while encouraging walking and public transport use in Albany.
After reviewing all the feedback and undertaking further site assessment, we are proceeding with the following minor changes:
- We are reducing the length of the broken yellow lines, which will leave an additional 2 parking spaces along Corinthian Drive.
These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed during the second half of 2023 and the first half of 2024. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses before any construction takes place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. Here is a summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them:
Raised Pedestrian Crossing
- Request not to build a raised pedestrian crossing.
The purpose of the raised pedestrian crossing is to encourage drivers to reduce their speeds when approaching the crossing.
We understand that people make mistakes, either as a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. However, the harm that crashes can cause is determined by the speed that drivers are travelling at. Therefore, a raised crossing is beneficial because it encourages drivers to slow down regardless of signal, further improving safety for both pedestrians and all other road users.
- Concern that the location of the proposed pedestrian crossing will create a potential blind spot for drivers who are going up the hill.
We will design and signpost the raised pedestrian crossing to ensure it is visible for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
- Concern that the proposal removes parking in an area which already had parking shortages.
After reviewing community feedback and undertaking further site assessments, we have reduced the length of the proposed broken yellow lines. This will leave an additional 2 parking spaces along Corinthian Drive. This change minimises parking loss while ensuring adequate visibility for both pedestrians and drivers.
- Suggestion that the broken yellow lines should be on both sides of the road leading to the crossing (instead of just on the southern kerb approaching the crossing), beginning on the northern kerb from 75 Corinthian Drive in order to maintain clear lines of sight.
Parking availability is an important concern for many Aucklanders. This project aims to minimise parking loss while ensuring adequate visibility for both pedestrians and drivers. Therefore, we will only remove parking where necessary to achieve adequate visibility for all road users.
- Concern that there are not enough pedestrians to warrant the crossing and that it will cause traffic congestion.
Raised crossings are not believed to increase traffic congestion. Based on our analysis, there are adequate pedestrian numbers here to justify a crossing. It is also likely that some people avoid walking in the area as they feel unsafe without a pedestrian crossing at this location.
- Concern that the pedestrian crossing is not in line with the paths it is connecting and will encourage jaywalking.
Our investigation found that the proposed crossing location would be ideal for all road users. Putting the crossing directly in front of the shared path was not feasible due to nearby driveways, which create safety and visibility issues. The proposed location is the best option to ensure that the crossing is visible and accommodates pedestrians' preferred path across the road.
We're proposing improvements in your area
In response to community requests, we are proposing to make some safety improvements to enhance pedestrian safety on Corinthian Drive, Albany. We are proposing to install a raised signalised crossing at 44 Corinthian Drive.
We are proposing to:
- Install a new raised crossing at 44 Corinthian Drive. A raised pedestrian crossing is a crossing on top of a wide, flat speed bump with a traffic island at the centre of the road and a gently sloping exit. This would be a dual crossing for both pedestrians and cyclists that connects the path between Spencer Ridge Reserve and Public Reserve.
- Install tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance markers at the sides of the road. These help visually impaired people to cross the road.
- Paint new road markings and install new signs to support the new crossing.
- Paint 69 meters of broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) which will result in the removal of 12 parking spaces.
- Relocate the existing parking meter
- Widen the existing footpath on both sides of Corinthian Drive.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. These changes aim to improve pedestrian safety and access to green spaces and local businesses, while encouraging walking and public transport use in Albany.
The raised pedestrian crossing at 44 Corinthian Drive would improve visibility of people crossing the road and slow drivers to a safer speed around the crossing point. The height of the raised crossing matches the footpath height, so it is comfortable for cyclists and pedestrians to cross, and the gentler slope on the exit side makes it comfortable to drive over, too. We understand that removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal of parking as much as possible.
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.
Albany: 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 Corinthian Drive 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).