Proposal status: Feedback closed 27 July 2020, last updated 17 August 2020
Reference number: BYL-467
In July 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve safety and accessibility, we proposed to install broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) parking restrictions on Kenneth Hopper Place, Manly. Our proposal responds to concerns from local residents that parked cars on both sides of the street make it difficult to drive on this narrow street. Our proposal aims to make it safer and easier for residents and larger vehicles, such as emergency service vehicles, to access properties and drive safely in this street.
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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 Kenneth Hopper Place 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).
The proposed changes will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being painted on the road. Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Respondents support the proposal, noting that as the street is narrow and with cars parked on either side it is dangerous and difficult for residents and emergency service vehicles to access properties. Thank you for providing your feedback, we believe this proposal will improve the accessibility for residents and emergency service vehicles.
- Respondent mentions that they have no difficulty accessing their street with cars parked either side. Kenneth Hopper Place is classified as a narrow street measuring only 6 metres in width. For parallel parking an average car needs 2.1 metres and an emergency service vehicle needs 2.5 metres. This means that in case of an emergency, if vehicles are parked on both sides of the street opposite each other, the emergency service vehicle will not be able to access the street. This proposal restricts parking to one side of the street allowing better accessibility for residents and emergency service vehicles.
Additional Broken Yellow Lines
- Respondents concerned that vehicles often park too close to driveways making it difficult to enter/exit. Request for additional broken yellow lines. It is an offence to park within one metre of a vehicle crossing. If you feel that a vehicle is obstructing your access, please call parking enforcement on 09 355 3553 with vehicle details and enforcement shall be organised.
Auckland Transport rarely install broken yellow lines across driveways, except for in high use or emergency access situations such as at fire stations and medical centres. Overuse of broken yellow lines, particularly where they are not strictly necessary, decreases their impact and may inadvertently send the message to motorists that they may park over driveways that do not have such markings in place.
- Respondent requests broken yellow lines to be painted down the left-hand side of the street (down to #5 Kenneth Hopper Place). Broken yellow lines are installed due to emergency access or visibility issues and result in the permanent loss of parking. Careful consideration was given when selecting where the broken yellow lines will be installed to maximise both the safety of residents and on-street parking. This proposal includes a staggered arrangement of broken yellow lines to reduce parking loss and ensure safety and accessibility. The broken yellow line locations were selected as they will be able to resolve the accessibility issues faced by residents. Extending broken yellow lines down to property number 5 would result in unnecessary parking loss.
- Respondent suggests broken yellow lines on Polkinghorne Drive opposite the top of Kenneth Hopper Place as there are visibility issues turning into Kenneth Hopper Place when cars park on the bend on Polkinghorne Drive. We believe that the broken yellow lines at the intersection of Kenneth Hopper Place and Polkinghorne Drive will improve the visibility when exiting or entering the street. The overuse of broken yellow lines, particularly where they are not strictly necessary, decreases their impact. This results in unnecessary loss of parking and poor utilisation of public resources.
- Respondent suggests reducing the amount of broken yellow lines at the top of the street so there are the same amount of broken yellow lines on either side. Reducing the broken yellow lines at the top of the street will result in cars parking on both sides and blocking access to the street which would not allow residents or emergency service vehicles the access space needed.
- Respondent requests no broken yellow lines outside #1 Kenneth Hopper Place as sometimes residents and visitors have nowhere else to park. The broken yellow lines are proposed to improve the accessibility for residents and emergency service vehicles. Careful consideration was given when selecting where the broken yellow lines will be installed to ensure both safety and on-street parking availability. There is still parking available on Kenneth Hopper Place for residents. AT would also like to reiterate that residents should not rely on on-street parking to fulfil their parking needs as the strategic objectives for individual streets are subject to change and might not always meet an individual’s needs.
- Respondent mentions that if everyone parked legally, there would be no issues with access. We have observed people parking illegally blocking access which is also why such restrictions are necessary to prevent this from occurring. As mentioned above Kenneth Hopper Place is classified as a narrow street. This means that in case of an emergency, if vehicles are parked on both sides of the street opposite each other, the emergency service vehicle will not be able to access the street.
- Respondent raised concern that there is no need for broken yellow lines over the single car section between #2 and #4 Kenneth Hopper Place. The reason for the broken yellow lines on the section between property number 2 and property number 4 is because that space is only 3.4 metres which is not long enough to accommodate a car. If left unmarked someone might try and park in that space blocking one or both driveways creating access problems for residents.
Speed calming measures
- Respondent requests to install a speed hump half way down the street to slow driver speeds. This proposal includes a staggered arrangement of broken yellow lines to provide a safer and slower speed environment. We believe that the proposal will slow the driver speeds and at this stage a speed hump would not be necessary. However, we will monitor the area, and should the situation change we will investigate speed calming measures.
- Respondent raised concern that if there is a clear path (where broken lines are outside #3 Kenneth Hopper Place), drivers will speed down the street making it dangerous for children that play on the street. This proposal includes a staggered arrangement of broken yellow lines to provide a safer and slower speed environment. Pedestrian safety was prioritised when considering the broken yellow line locations.
- Respondent mentions that cars parked on the side of the street, force drivers to slow down as they are entering the end of the street. We understand that this area experiences a lot of pedestrian movement due to the nearby sporting facilities and school which is why one of the objectives of this proposal is to slow driver speeds. The broken yellow lines are in a staggered arrangement to ensure they provide a safer and slower speed environment.
These works are planned between October and November 2020, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.