Consultation status: closed 3 May 2017
We are seeking feedback on a proposal to install a pedestrian refuge island with a pram crossing on Pigeon Mountain Road in Half Moon Bay.
Why the changes are needed
A pedestrian island will improve safety for pedestrians walking between Pigeon Mountain Road, Argo Drive and Prince Regent Drive. There is demand for pedestrians to cross at this location, including a Walking School Bus to Pigeon Mountain Primary School.
There is demand for pedestrians to cross at this location, including a Walking School Bus to Pigeon Mountain Primary School.
Pedestrian islands already exist on the other three legs of the Pigeon Mountain Road / Prince Regent Drive /
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received mixed 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
- Suggestion that the flush median is currently used as a queuing lane and placing a splitter island here would increase congestion at the intersection. A queue length survey has been undertaken to determine the queue lengths on the back-to-back right turn bays and assess if they will be affected by the proposed refuge. The location of the refuge has been chosen accordingly so that the stacking capacity of the right turn bays can accommodate the observed demand. However, it is inevitable that in the worst case scenario, the queues may occasionally extend into the through lanes and create intermittent blockage, which should be able to clear very quickly.
- Request that 4-way traffic lights should be installed. This option was considered when AT and the Howick Local Board installed the metering signal last year. However due to the following reasons this option is not suitable. Firstly, this intersection does not carry sufficient traffic or pedestrians, nor does it have a crash history to meet criteria for signals as a suitable intersection type. Secondly, at the existing steep grade, the 4-way signals would increase the amount of ambient braking/engine noise for surrounding properties. Thirdly, slow moving heavy vehicles would reduce the efficiency of the intersection. And finally, there are also land constraints to provide adequate space for a signal at the intersection.
- Suggestion that a speed hump be installed to slow down traffic. Pigeon Mountain Road is a collector road, meaning speed humps are not appropriate. The proposed refuge island would have an effect of narrowing the road width, hence helping calming the vehicle speeds and we will also request increased Police enforcement.
- Statement that the pedestrian crossing would be in the wrong place and should be on the northern side of Argo Drive instead. The location of the proposed pedestrian refuges has been carefully chosen to suit the desire crossing line for pedestrians while ensuring that traffic operations will not be adversely impacted. Any pedestrian crossing issue north of Argo Drive will be addressed as part of the Masterplan for the Half Moon Bay marina.
We expect to introduce this work in July 2017 and throughout 2017/2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.