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Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula - Roundabout pedestrian improvements

Consultation status: closed 21 April 2017

We are proposing the following changes:

On Harbour View Road:

  • Install a raised zebra crossing to replace existing crossing.
  • Remove 4 car parking spaces on northern side of Harbour View Road.
  • Install kerb buildouts on both sides of Harbour View Road.
  • Carry out road markings.

On the Northern side of Te Atatu Road:

  • Install a raised zebra crossing to replace existing crossing.
  • Remove 2 car parking spaces on both sides of Te Atatu Road.
  • Install kerb buildouts on both sides of Te Atatu Road.
  • Carry out road markings.

On Southern side of Te Atatu Road:

  • Install a raised zebra crossing with a footpath connection to existing footpath.
  • Install kerb buildouts on both sides of Te Atatu Road.
  • Remove 2 car parking spaces on western side of Te Atatu Road.
  • Carry out road markings.

Why the changes are needed

We would like to improve road safety at this intersection, following complaints from the local community.

Download the consultation drawing for Te Atatu Road (PDF 985KB)

Feedback

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

  • Request that the pedestrian crossings be slightly further away from the roundabout and suggestion that this proposal is not necessary. Drivers waiting to enter the roundabout are focused on the other vehicles in traffic and are less aware of pedestrians crossing on the exit lane of the roundabout. Due to the crossing’s close proximity to the roundabout at present, there is a safety concern that drivers may not be able to stop for pedestrians in time. Therefore, we propose to shift the crossings slightly away from the roundabout, but not too far as to cause significant inconvenience whereby pedestrians are less likely to use the zebra crossing.
  • Suggestion that the pedestrian crossings should be closer to the roundabout as people will cross on the roundabout anyway. As mentioned previously, when drivers are waiting to enter the roundabout they are focused on the other vehicles in traffic and are less aware of pedestrians crossing on the exit lane of the roundabout therefore we are placing the crossing slightly further back from the roundabout.
  • Suggestion that the southern side of Te Atatu Road doesn’t need a pedestrian crossing because there is one in the town. Te Atatu Union Church, Jack Pringle Park, public toilets and a supermarket are all located near the southern leg of the roundabout, which generates demand for pedestrians to cross the road using the existing pram crossings at this location. Due to number of vulnerable road users in the area, drivers are expected to slow down below the posted speed limit of 50 km/h. Therefore, the spacing of traffic calming measures is appropriate for a town centre environment. Also giving priority to pedestrians on a raised platform, in the form of a zebra crossing, is consistent with the other three legs of this roundabout thereby minimising confusion to road users.
  • Statement that a raised pedestrian crossing would impede both commercial and emergency vehicles. The raised crossings will not cause access issues for larger vehicles and are expected to reduce speeds suitable to a town centre environment.
  • Recommendation that a cycle lane should be installed on Te Atatu Road. At present, the Auckland Cycle Network terminates at Gunner Drive and funding has not yet been confirmed to extend this further along Te Atatu Road.
  • Statement that the loss of parking would affect businesses and there should be more allocated parking installed elsewhere to compensate for the removal of parking and there is also no need to remove all of the parking spaces from Harbour View Road. The relocation of zebra crossings in order to improve pedestrian safety, will result in the loss 10 on-street parking spaces of the available 100+ spaces along Te Atatu Road between Hereford Street and Gunner Drive. Due to the high number of parking spaces available, it was observed that many parking spaces were not occupied; therefore, the proposal is not expected to adversely affect day-to-day business in the area.
  • The car parking spaces outside the library and community hall on Te Atatu Road should be removed. The kerb build-out outside the library/community hall provides adequate crossing sight distances for pedestrians, without the need for additional removal of on-street parking.
  • A yellow hatched area should be marked on the entry of the roundabout on Taikata Road. There is no need for additional road markings at the entry of the roundabout.
  • The result of this proposal would divert traffic onto other roads such as Gunner and the raised crossings will lead to increased congestion. Some diversion of traffic may occur, however due to traffic demand generated by the local shops, community centre and school, the diversion is not expected to be significant.
  • Various requests asking for more bike parking and ensuring that the bike parking is placed away from the kerb. In addition to relocating existing bike racks, AT is looking to provide new bike racks where possible. The new/relocated bike racks will be installed at an appropriate distance from the kerb.
  • There should be a larger kerb extension near the Westpac. Efforts were made to extend the kerb build-outs further to improve pedestrian connectivity, however was restricted by the tracking requirements for buses and larger vehicles.
  • A priority cycle box should be installed for cyclists. At present Auckland Cycle Network terminates at Gunner Drive and cyclists are expected to mix with general traffic from this point. A cycle lane and priority box may be introduced at a later date.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 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.