Auckland Transport

Herne Bay cycling and walking improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) proposes making changes to Herne Bay streets to encourage slower driving speeds and improve routes for people walking and cycling in the area.


Project status: Design
Project zone: Central


Project overview

The proposed improvements in Herne Bay are part of a wider cycling network we are creating from Pt Chevalier to the city. The proposal stems from feedback received during our March 2016 consultation, including concerns from the Herne Bay Residents Association about speeding and 'rat running' (using residential side-streets instead of main roads) in the area.

Initially, the preferred option was to provide a connection for people on bikes via Clifton Road, Argyle Street, and Sarsfield Street. However, after taking feedback on board, AT has investigated implementing traffic-calming measures (known as "treatments") on several streets rather than a cycle lane on a particular street.

These treatments aim to address the community issues, enhance the look and feel of the Herne Bay area, and improve routes for local people walking or cycling to their local shops, beaches and cafes, or to get to work and attractions in the city centre.

Making physical changes (such as speed tables) to roads is also more effective than changing the speed limit, as the treatments do not rely on speed cameras or a police presence to reduce speed. Similar changes to residential streets in Sandringham and Balmoral have reduced speeds by 5 to 15km/h and made the streets safer and quieter.

Benefits

  • A slower-speed environment, increasing safety for drivers and cyclists.
  • Reduced rat running.
  • A coherent, attractive route for people on bikes.
  • A safer and more enjoyable environment for pedestrians and children.
  • Enhanced local streets, making them more attractive to residents and road users.
  • Minimised loss of parking.

Timeline

  • November/December 2016 - Consultation on Herne Bay traffic-calming treatments.
  • April/May 2017 - Additional consultation on improvements to Curran/Sarsfield St intersection.
  • July 2017 - Consultation feedback report.
  • Late 2017 to June 2018 - Construction (planned).

Traffic calming

Locations

The proposal area starts at the Curran Street and Sarsfield Street intersection in Westhaven, runs along Sarsfield Street, and connects with 5 streets between Sarsfield Street and Jervois Road.

The area north of Sarsfield Street and Curran Street intersection is not included as it is still under investigation.

Overview map: locations of traffic-calming treatments.

Herne Bay speed-calming locations map

Proposed changes

We have identified 22 locations for installing traffic-calming treatments that will narrow the width of a road by extending the kerb (using raised islands with plants on them) and adding a raised section of road, known as a "speed table".

There are 4 different types of traffic-calming treatments:

Cross-intersection speed table

Cross-intersection speed table

Cross-intersection speed tables are proposed where local streets intersect with other local streets in all 4 directions.

They are proposed in 3 locations:

  • Where Sarsfield Street intersects with Hamilton Road.
  • Where Sarsfield Street intersects with Sentinel Road.
  • Where Sarsfield Street intersects with Wallace Street.

T-intersection speed table

T-intersection speed table diagram

T-intersection speed tables are proposed where local streets intersect in a "T" shape (as opposed to a "+" shape).

They are proposed in 5 locations:

  • Where Sarsfield Street intersects with Masefield Avenue.
  • Where Sarsfield Street intersects with Lawrence Street.
  • Where Wallace Street intersects with Argyle Street.
  • Where Argyle Street intersects with Clifton Road.
  • Where Clifton Road intersects with Saratoga Avenue.

Mid-block speed table

Mid-block speed table diagram

Mid-block speed tables are proposed in the middle of local residential streets.

This type of speed tables requires the removal of 2 on-street parking spaces at each location (around 18 parking spaces in total). No trees will be removed.

Mid-block speed tables are proposed at 9 locations along:

  • Hamilton Road (2 speed tables).
  • Sentinel Road (2 speed tables).
  • Lawrence Street (2 speed tables).
  • Argyle Street (1 speed table).
  • Wallace Street (1 speed table).
  • Clifton Road (1 speed table).

Boundary speed table

Boundary speed table diagram

Boundary speed tables are proposed where local residential street intersect with arterial roads.

These tables act as a gateway for drivers, signalling that they are entering a lower-speed zone.

They have been proposed at 5 locations:

  • Where Hamilton Road intersects with Jervois Road.
  • Where Sentinel Road intersects with Jervois Road.
  • Where Lawrence Street intersects with Jervois Road.
  • Where Salisbury Road intersects with Jervois Road.
  • Where Sarsfield Street intersects with Curran Street.

Improvements to the Curran St and Sarsfield St intersection

We received feedback during consultation in the Herne Bay area that highlighted safety concerns at the Curran Street and Sarsfield Street intersection.

To address these concerns, we have proposed changes to make the intersection safer by reducing vehicle speeds and providing a better environment for people walking and cycling.

Feedback was open from 13 April to 14 May 2017. Find out the results of feedback.

Key concerns with the intersection

  • High traffic speed when approaching the intersection.
  • Dangerous intersection for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • No crossing facility from western Sarsfield Street to Pt Erin Park and Pt Erin Pool.
  • No crossing facility on Curran Street near the intersection to provide safe access for children from Ponsonby Primary School.

Proposed design

  • New speed tables on the eastern and western sides of the Sarsfield Street to calm traffic and signal to drivers that they are entering a lower speed environment.
  • A new shared path at the western corner of the intersection to provide a better connection to the existing shared path on Curran Street.
  • New pedestrian refuge islands on Curran Street, located on the northern side of the intersection for pedestrians crossing between Sarsfield Street and Pt Erin Pool, and on the southern end of the intersection providing an additional crossing point for Ponsonby Primary School. The refuges are as wide as possible within the available road space to allow parents with prams, small groups of parents and children, people on bikes and wheelchairs to fit more comfortably. The islands also narrow the road to slow traffic approaching the intersection.
  • Removing the right-turn bay on Curran Street into Sarsfield Street to accommodate the refuge islands.

AT had previously considered the inclusion of a cycle lane on the western side of Curran Street. Further investigation has revealed that there is not enough road space to accommodate a cycle lane and pedestrian refuge islands. The refuge island are necessary for pedestrian safety and to slow traffic.

The new design subsequently includes a shared path, pram ramps, and footpath widening on the north-west end of Curran Street.

Download the design plan for the Curran and Sarsfield St intersection (PDF 385KB).

Image: Artist impression of the proposed changes.

Curran and Sarsfield St intersection artist impression


Feedback

Herne Bay traffic-calming treatments

Feedback on proposed changes to residential streets was open from 23 November to 18 December 2016. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.

471 people submitted feedback on the proposal.

We have analysed and considered all the feedback to improve our traffic-calming designs.

Key themes in feedback

  • High level of support (69%) for traffic calming in the Herne Bay area.
  • Good support for proposal (59% generally like proposed treatments).
  • Concern that road narrowing at treatments will create congestion and reduce cyclist safety (17%).
  • Concern that parking removal at mid-block treatments will exacerbate existing parking availability issues (17%).
  • Suggestions to extend the treatment area to include surrounding streets (14%).

Curran Street and Sarsfield Street intersection improvements

The additional consultation on improvements to the Curran Street and Sarfield Street intersection was open from 13 April to 14 May 2017.

We received submissions from 170 people.

Key themes in feedback

  • Good support in general. People liked slower traffic speeds, raised tables, wider footpaths, pedestrian refuge islands, shared path/footpath and right turn removal. Notable positive response for the proposed design in its entirety (28% of all submitters).
  • A large proportion of respondents (36%) suggested the addition of more traffic-calming treatments to Curran Street in particular.
  • Concerns and suggestions about improved cycling facility (28%).
  • Suggestions for improving safety of pedestrians at refuge islands (21%).

Final decisions

We have used your feedback to help us finalise the location and design of the proposed Herne Bay treatments. We have also carried out further investigation, such as traffic modelling and traffic impact assessment and an additional consultation for the Curran St and Sarsfield St intersection.

We have decided to:

  • Install a total of 22 traffic calming treatments (speed tables) at the locations proposed. All speed tables will require road narrowing with planted kerb build-outs. There will be a pedestrian-crossing facility at all speed tables except for mid-block speed tables.
  • Widen mid-block speed tables (9 locations) to 6 metres (from the proposed 4.5m) to allow 2-way traffic through the speed table.
  • Put an additional boundary speed table at the intersection of Clifton Road and Jervois Road (close to Bayfield School).
  • Remove 2 on-street parking spaces at each mid-block speed table (9 locations). We may have to remove additional parking close to mid-block speed tables to meet sightline requirements for motorists.
  • Make these changes to the Curran Street/Sarsfield Street intersection:
    • Install new speed tables on Sarsfield Street, either side of its junction with Curran Street, to slow traffic and signal to drivers that they are entering a lower-speed environment. Speed tables will have provision for a pedestrian crossing.
    • Install a new shared path at the north-western corner of the Curran Street and Sarsfield Street intersection to provide better connection to the existing shared path further north on Curran Street.
    • Install new pedestrian refuge islands on Curran Street, located to the north and south of the Sarsfield Street intersection.
    • Remove the right-turn bay on Curran Street into Sarsfield Street East to accommodate the refuge islands.
    • Investigate installing pedestrian handrail barriers on both Curran Street pedestrian refuges.

Feedback reports

Next steps

Construction is planned to commence in late 2017 and to be completed by June 2018.

We will notify all directly-affected people about any changes that develop in the detailed design phase of this project.


For more information

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