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Auckland Transport are working to make it safer outside schools, help reduce congestion and create a space that makes parents and their children feel safe about walking, cycling and catching public transport to school.


Project status: Consultation.
Project zone: Region-wide


Project overview

Currently approximately 140,000 students are driven to school each day across Tāmaki Makaurau, which creates issues around parking, congestion, and safety.

Safe School Streets is a pilot programme that AT is trialling with a number of schools around Auckland. The programme sees temporary measures introduced around a school before any long-term solutions are implemented.

The changes are designed to increase safety outside schools, reduce the number of vehicles during peak times and encourage more students and their families to walk and cycle to and from school each day. Some of these changes may include temporary measures such as planter boxes, speed humps, better signage and no parking and speed reduction zones.

AT is taking a Vision Zero approach to road safety. This means we are striving to have zero deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050. To achieve this, we are working to create a more forgiving road network that recognises that we are human and make mistakes. But those mistakes should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. 

Benefits

  • Make it safer outside schools during drop off and pick up times.
  • Reduce congestion and illegal parking near school entrances.
  • Increase visibility of children near the school.
  • Create a safer space for parents, children and school staff to encourage more walking, cycling and catching public transport to school.

Project details - Milford School

Project status: Install of interim changes/ Feedback open

Safe School Streets 

Safe School Streets is a pilot programme that AT is trialling with a number of schools around Auckland. The programme sees temporary measures introduced around a school before any long-term solutions are implemented. The changes are designed to increase safety outside schools, reduce the number of vehicles during peak times and encourage more students and their families to walk and cycle to and from school each day. 

Auckland Transport is taking a Vision Zero approach to road safety. This means we are striving to have zero deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050. To achieve this, we are working to create a more forgiving road network that recognises that we are human and make mistakes. But those mistakes should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. 

Auckland Transport (AT) is progressing its Safe School Streets programme with Milford School into the next phase. These changes include: 

Otakau Road

  • Drop off and pick up zone with purple painted kerb replacing on-street parking at 17-19 Otakau Road. The zone will operate from 8am – 9am and 2.30pm – 3.30pm. During these times, parking will not be available as the intention is for parents to pull in to safely pick-up or drop-off children at school. 
  • Rubber speed cushion and road narrowing to slow speeds outside 15-17 and 16-18 Otakau Road. 
  • Extending no stopping lines outside 2/5, 21, 24 and 26 Otakau Road.  

Fenwick Avenue

  • Raised crossing north of the intersection with Otakau Road.
  • A raised table Kea crossing at 10 Fenwick, south of the intersection with Otakau Road. A Kea crossing is only operational when operated with school patrol signs.  

Download the Milford School interim phase plans (PDF 802KB)

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Give feedback on the Milford School measures

Next steps

Following a period of time after the interim measures have been installed, we will be conducting research on how the changes are working and look at any changes that need to be made ahead of developing any permanent solutions.


Project details - Ōwairaka District School

Project status: Interim phase/Feedback open

During the school holidays in July 2020, AT has installed several interim street changes that align with the one-day event from last year.

The interim changes include:

  • Drop-off and pick-up/park and walk zones. We encourage parents/caregivers to drop children off at these drop-off zones.
    • July-October. These are located at the Alamein and Cassino cul-de-sacs, which can both be accessed via Hargest Terrace, and on Ōwairaka Avenue.
    • November onwards. Vehicle access to Range View Road is currently restricted to residents due to infrastructure works as part of a new residential development separate to AT. Once complete, further zones will be available, in Murray Halberg Park carpark and on Dunkirk Terrace.
  • Restricted parking. There will be no school parking on the school side of Richardson Road for parents during drop off/pick up times, however, parking for parents will be available at a number of park and walk locations. Vehicle access to Dunkirk Terrace and the Murray Halberg Parking Area will be restricted to residents only until infrastructure works, as part of a new residential development separate to AT, on Range View Road are completed.
  • Unlocked gate. The school gate located in Murray Halberg Park will be unlocked and opened during the interim phase. Entry via this school gate is the quickest way to get to school from Murray Halberg Park and Alamein Terrace.

Download the Ōwairaka interim phase plans (PDF 829KB)

Have your say on Ōwairaka District School

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Next steps

Full consultation and analysis on the interim measures and programme will be taken later in 2020. Following taking consultation and analysis AT will look to introduce permanent measures in 2021.


Project details - Sunnyhills

Project status: Consultation by trial

During the April school holiday period, AT will install some changes that align with feedback received from the one-day trial and co-design sessions with Sunnyhills School and the community.

The improvements are all designed to be changed or removed quickly. The Safe School Streets Programme is a trial, so feedback from the school and the community will determine whether they become permanent.

The changes being trialled include:

Fordyce Avenue

  • A new temporary roundabout at the Fordyce Avenue/Stansfield Place intersection.
  • New planter boxes beside the raised pedestrian crossing to encourage safe vehicle speeds.
  • Flexible bollards to narrow the intersections near Suzetta Place and Pennycook Place to encourage safe vehicle speeds.
  • A new speed bump and planter boxes between Pennycook Place and Glenmore Road (near 3 Fordyce Ave).

Suzetta Place

  • A drop off and pick up only area for parents and caregivers. Residents are exempt however we are advising parents and caregivers not to park between 8:30am to 9:15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm, indicated by a purple painted kerb and interim signage.

Stansfield Place

  • A drop off and pick up only area for parents and caregivers. Residents are exempt however we are advising parents and caregivers not to park between 8:30am to 9:15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm, indicated by a purple painted kerb and interim signage.

Pennycook Place

  • A drop off and pick up only area for parents and caregivers. Residents are exempt however we are advising parents and caregivers not to park between 8:30am to 9:15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm, indicated by a purple painted kerb and interim signage.

The Crest

  • A drop off and pick up only area near the school for parents and caregivers. Residents are exempt however we are advising parents and caregivers not to park between 8:30am to 9:15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm, indicated by a purple painted kerb and interim signage.
  • We will be trialling no entry from The Boulevard for a two-week period from 10 May. Further consultation will take place during this period. If effective, the no-entry would stay in place for the duration of the longer-term trial.
  • A new speed bump outside 19 and 10 The Crest in the lead up to the School.

The Boulevard

  • A new speed bump and flexible bollards near 43 and 25/27 The Boulevard.
  • Flexible bollards near the intersection of Treeway.

Download the Sunnyhills Primary drawing (PDF 7MB)

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Next steps

The measures we are installing are temporary, however if they work and the community are happy with them, we are keen to make them permanent. Following a period of time, we will be conducting research on how the measures are working and look at any changes that may need to be made. We would love to hear your thoughts along the way.

Please provide feedback through the online survey or contact us at ATengagement@at.govt.nz to register your interest in attending a drop-in session to talk to the team following the changes.


Project details - Willow Park School

Project status: Consultation by trial

During the April school holiday period, AT will install some changes that align with feedback received from the one-day trial and co-design sessions with Willow Park School and the community.

The improvements are all designed to be changed or removed quickly. The Safe School Streets Programme is a trial, so feedback from the school and the community will determine whether they become permanent.

The changes being trialled include:

Eban Avenue

  • A drop-off and pick-up only area outside 60-72 Eban Avenue indicated by a purple painted kurb and signage. No parking between 8:30am to 9.15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Residents will be exempt.
  • Flexible bollards and planter boxes narrowing the road to slow traffic, near the intersection with Compton Street and the intersection with Moore Street. They will be installed outside 76-79 and 40-45 Eban Avenue.
  • A temporary mini-roundabout at the intersection with Compton Street

Sylvia Road

  • Speed cushions and flexible bollards on approach to the raised crossing outside 9 and 12 Sylvia Road.

Compton Street

  • We will be trialling no entry from Moore Street for a two-week period at the beginning of the long-term trial. Further consultation will take place during this period. If effective, the no-entry will stay in place for the duration of the long-term trial.
  • If the no-entry does not remain, a temporary mini-roundabout will be installed at the Moore Street and Compton Street intersection instead.
  • A drop-off and pick-up only area outside 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 Compton Street indicated by a purple painted kerb and signage. No parking between 8:30am to 9.15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Residents will be exempt.
  • A speed cushion to slow traffic located outside 29 and 38 Compton Street.
  • A raised table crossing near the Eban Avenue intersection outside 76 Eban Avenue and 49 Compton Street.

Moore Street

  • Speed cushion, flexible bollards and planter boxes narrowing the road to slow traffic) south of the intersection with Compton Street (between 106 and 113 Moore Street)
  • Speed cushions & flexible bollards narrowing the road to slow traffic between 130 & 137 Moore Street.
  • Narrowed intersection at the Eban Avenue end of Moore Street.
  • Temporary signage placed along the safest route to school.

Download the drawing for Willow Park School (PDF 2.2MB)

Have your say on Willow Park School

Give feedback on the Willow Park School measures

Next steps

The measures we are installing are temporary, however if they work and the community are happy with them, we are keen to make them permanent. Following a period of time, we will be conducting research on how the measures are working and look at any changes that may need to be made. We would love to hear your thoughts along the way. Please provide feedback through the online survey or contact us at ATengagement@at.govt.nz to register your interest in attending a drop-in session to talk to the team following the changes.


Project details – Rutherford School

Project status: Interim phase/Permanent design due for consultation

Starting in November 2019, interim changes have been made to the streets around Rutherford Primary School and Rutherford College. 

The interim changes include

  • Parking: With the narrowing of Kotuku St, the southern side of the street has become a ‘no stopping or parking zone’ for parents and students. This will significantly reduce the number of cars and turning movements on Kotuku Street and make it safer for those walking, cycling and scooting. The parking restrictions don’t apply to residents.
  • Drop off and pick up/park and walk zones: Pick up/drop off zones are located on the school side of Toru Street and the top of Titoki and Karamu Street to reduce vehicle congestion in and around the school gate. There are also park and walk zones on Gloria Avenue and Old Te Atatu Road. These zones are not for student parking.
  • New pedestrian crossings and speed calming measures: New courtesy crossing locations are being tested at either end of Kotuku Street and Toru Street. During this interim installation these are raised courtesy crossings, not zebra crossings so pedestrians do not have priority over traffic, but they will slow vehicles and allow us to test the location.
  • Safe walking streets: Walking and cycling will be safer for students due to a reduction of vehicles passing the school gate.

Download the Rutherford interim phase plans (PDF 1.1MB).

Download the Rutherford safe school streets public feedback report (PDF 780KB, 46 pages).

Next steps

Auckland Transport and its research partners will analyse the feedback from the school and community on the interim changes and use it to help refine the proposal for permanent improvements, which will be presented to the community for further feedback. Construction of any permanent changes would most likely to take place in 2021.

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