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Safe school streets Safe school streets

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 programme in which AT works with schools and the community to help reduce these issues.

The programme sees potential solutions being developed and then tested, by utilising temporary measures – such as planter boxes, speed humps, better signage and no parking and speed reduction zones, ahead of permanent solutions being designed and then implemented.

The programme sees AT work in collaboration with the schools and community to co-design and test these measures. With feedback from the school, parents, students and community being key to ensuring that we reach the right outcomes.

Benefits

  • Make it safer outside schools during drop off and pick up times.
  • Reduce congestion and illegal parking near school entrances.
  • 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: Trial day/Feedback open

Auckland Transport (AT) is progressing its Safe School Streets programme with Milford School into the next phase. Following a one-day trial event last year, AT is moving towards installing interim improvements around the school for a six-month period

The interim changes include:

Otakau Road

  • A small public gathering area at the end of Otakau Road.
  • Flexible bollards along the centre of Otakau Road from 17-21 and 20A -24 Otakau Road. This will remove on-street parking from 20A to 24 Otakau Road.
  • Drop off and pick up zone with orange painted kerb replacing on-street parking at 17-21 Otakau Road.
  • Rubber speed cushion and road narrowing to slow speeds outside 17-18 Otakau Road.

Fenwick Avenue

  • Raised crossing north of the intersection with Otakau Road.
  • A speed hump to slow traffic between St Vincent de Paul and 2 Fenwick Avenue.

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

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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)

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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: Interim phase/Feedback open

Auckland Transport (AT) is progressing its Safe School Streets programme with Sunnyhills Primary School into the next phase. Following a one-day trial event last year, AT is moving towards installing interim improvements around the school for a six-month period.

The interim changes include:

Fordyce Avenue

  • Flexible bollards, planters boxes & speed cushions narrowing the road to slow traffic outside 17, 19 & 24 Fordyce Avenue.
  • Mountable mini-roundabout at the intersection of Suzetta Place.
  • Planter boxes on approach to existing raised crossing outside School entrance.
  • Mountable mini-roundabout at intersection of Stansfield Place.
  • Flexible bollards, planters boxes & speed cushions narrowing the road to slow traffic. 3 & 6 Fordyce and 2 Pennycook Place.
  • Flexible bollards narrowing both lanes of Fordyce between Pennycook & Suzetta Place.
  • Temporary pedestrian crossings crossing Suzetta, Pennycook and Stansfield Place.

The Crest

  • No entry from The Boulevard.
  • Tightened/narrowed intersection of Treeway and the Crest to slow turning traffic.
  • Temporary pedestrian crossing outside school entrance between 10 & 19 The Crest.
  • Planter Boxes outside 19 The Crest occupy existing on street parking to create waiting space outside the school gate.
  • Flexible bollards & planter boxes used to close the entry lane on Boulevard & Crest intersection.

The Boulevard

  • Flexible bollards & speed cushions narrowing the road to slow traffic outside 27, 25, 43 & 16 The Boulevard.
  • Flexible bollards used to tighten intersection with The Crest to slow turning traffic.
  • Flexible bollard used to tighten intersection with Treeway to slow traffic.

Download the Sunnyhills Primary School interim phase plans (PDF 739KB)

Have your say on Sunnyhills Primary School

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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 - Willow Park School

Project status: Interim phase/Feedback open

Auckland Transport (AT) is progressing its Safe School Streets programme with Willow Park School into the next phase. Following a one-day trial event earlier this year, AT is moving towards installing interim improvements around the school for a six-month period from early 2021.

The interim changes include:

Eban Avenue

  • Restricted parking between 8:30am to 9:15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm (residents are exempt).
  • Flexible bollards and planters boxes narrowing the road to slow traffic) north east of the intersection with Compton Street and south-west of the intersection with Moore Street.
  • An orange painted drop off and pick up area outside 60-72 Eban Avenue.
  • A temporary mini-roundabout at the intersection with Compton Street.

Sylvia Road

  • Speed cushions on approach to the raised crossing outside 12 Sylvia Road.

Compton Street

  • Either no entry from Moore Street, or a mini-roundabout at the intersection with Moore Street.
  • Restricted parking between 8:30am to 9:15am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm (residents are exempt).
  • An orange painted drop off and pick up area outside 9-13 Compton Street.
  • A speed cushion to slow traffic located outside 3-4 Compton Street.

Moore Street

  • Speed cushion, flexible bollards and planters boxes narrowing the road to slow traffic) south of the intersection with Compton Street (between 106 & 113 Moore Street).
  • Temporary raised crossing and narrowed intersection at Eban Ave end of Moore Street.
  • Temporary signage placed along the safest route to school.

Download the Willow Park School interim phase plans (PDF 136KB)

Have your say on Willow Park School

Give feedback on the Willow Park 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 – 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).

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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