Auckland Transport

East Coast Road, Milford – zebra crossing

Consultation status: closed 24 August 2016

AT proposed the following improvements:

  • Install a pedestrian detection cameras and LED studs.
  • Install anti-skid surfacing underneath and on each approach to the zebra crossing.

See the East Coast Road plan for more details of the proposal (PDF 348KB)

Why changes are needed

AT received concerns from the public to improve pedestrian safety at the existing zebra crossing. Because of the continuous traffic flow on East Coast Road, drivers often travel without looking out for pedestrians waiting to cross at this section of the road.
The proposed changes aim to enhance pedestrian safety at this location by:

  • Indicating drivers to be aware of crossing pedestrians.
  • Encouraging drivers to stop to let pedestrian cross.
  • Reducing the number of pedestrian-drivers ‘conflicts’.

The pedestrian camera works with the use of sensors. When the camera detects the presence of pedestrians, the LED studs will lit. The illuminated LED studs are clearly visible to drivers from a distance during day and night.

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received positive 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.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Request to either move the crossing further up the road to a safer location (outside the chemist) or use traffic lights. If we moved it closer to the chemist, it would get too close to a bend which is not safe for pedestrians. We only install traffic lights for pedestrian crossings if there is a very high demand for a pedestrian crossing and on a multi-lane road.
  • Enquiry about the proposed colour and pattern formed by the LED lights. The colour will be amber and it will light up for approximately 6-7 seconds and can be adjusted to about 20 seconds to allow crossing width and crossing times.
  • Suggestion that there be more lighting on either side of the road as at night time the crossing is nearly invisible. The crossing will light up from both approaches.
  • Request that the anti-skid surfacing be black. The anti-skid surfacing is typically ochre in colour to make it more obvious to drivers. If we made it black, it would not be effective to alert drivers to slow down to the crossing.
  • Request for additional works including changes to the parking outside the shops and the entrance/exit to Stanley Avenue. We will investigate this request as an individual proposal and look at any changes that we can make to the parking to improve the visibility of the intersection.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.