Consultation status: updated 18 June 2018
Proposal reference: BYL-186
We are proposing to install no stopping at all times on Atkinson Road.
Why the changes are needed
The changes to Atkinson Road are needed because:
- During School pickup and drop off, the area can become congested with vehicles parking on the bend, reducing visibility for road users travelling on Atkinson Road, and pedestrians crossing at the car park.
- Hatching is proposed to prevent vehicles from parking in the centre of the car park, and blocking vehicles from exiting the car park.
- The proposed changes will improve visibility and safety of the area.
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.
- Request to have hockey stick markings around driveways and the length of Atkinson Road. We regret that you have the experience of vehicles periodically blocking access to your driveway and the inconvenience causes. Given it is already illegal to park within one metre of a driveway we suggest that if this situation arises again, parking enforcement is the most appropriate means of educating motorists of their legal obligations and we encourage you to contact us on 09 355 3553 with the vehicle details to request a parking officer visit the site.
If enforcement fails to address this issue and vehicles continue to park illegally in this way and obstruct your driveway we may be able to consider other options to address this issue.
- Request to have speed sign (45) up where you are putting the broken yellow lines. 'Slow' marking will be installed on the approach to the curve.
- Request to reduce vehicle speed and reduce the visibility limitation due to curvature and shorten the distance travelled by pedestrians. The proposed scheme will improve vehicle management around children's walking area on Atkinson Road hence safety should be improved.
- Request to have drop off zones for the schools maintained and not have drivers parking there illegally. We have contacted parking enforcement to monitor and enforce clear ways.
- Request to have mirror(s) installed to help with visibility. Auckland Transport no longer install convex mirrors. The reason for this is that while convex mirrors may be useful in a limited number of locations, we have found them generally ineffective and sometimes unsafe. The mirror can give a false sense of distance and speed of an oncoming vehicle. In the past, drivers have misinterpreted what they see in the convex mirror which has put them and other road users at risk. Convex mirrors have also been subject to damage and vandalism and can be costly to install and maintain.
- Request to have broken yellow lines on Atkinson Road between Daffodil Street and Kaurilands School. The width of Atkinson Road is approximately 9 metres wide which allows parked vehicles on both sides of the carriageway and approximately 4.5 metres of clearance for vehicle traffic. There is generally sufficient for two way flow, and has the positive effect of reducing driver speeds and encouraging greater care. Parking is also a valuable asset for residents, and we try and minimise the removal of parking where possible.
- Suggestion to have the broken yellow lines or no parking on one side of the road. Extents have been determined based on the road curvature and to improve visibility at the carpark for pedestrians.
- Request to have the broken yellow lines extended past number 60 Atkinson Road. The request has been assessed by an engineer and will be included in the plan.
- Request for more parking near the school. Auckland Transport does not have funding to increase parking around schools and residential areas. Auckland Transport also promotes more active modes of transport to schools.
- Request to not take car spaces away in the lower car park of Kindy. The proposal is not to remove parking from the existing parking area, but to clarify that no parking is permitted in the centre of the parking area where this can cause operational issues for other vehicles.
- Requests for additional works including:
- Changing the cycleway from Glen Eden to Ceramco Park to be made into a separated cycleway added instead of a widened road.
- Request to install a clearway between 6.30am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm.
We would like to hear more information regarding the two above requests and would be happy to pass your concerns onto the relevant teams. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please fill in a feedback form or report a problem.
We expect to introduce this work between July 2018 and June 2019, subject to further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.