Most Aucklanders live on urban residential streets. These communities have highlighted the need to make our streets safer places for walking and cycling, for children, the elderly and the differently abled.
What is the Residential Speed Management Programme?
Vehicles speeding through residential streets are a common concern for Aucklanders. Each year, we receive around 1,000 requests from the public for speed calming to be installed on their street.
As part of our commitment to make Auckland’s roads safer, we have adopted an area-based approach instead of treating individual streets. This is considered more effective in achieving survivable speeds and helping drivers choose a safe and appropriate speed as they drive through residential areas.
This area-based approach has been adopted because:
- It is often observed that when speed calming is undertaken on one street, speeding drivers use parallel residential streets and simply transfer the issue to another part of the network. An area-based approach prevents this from occurring.
- Treatment of individual streets only allowed for a small number of streets to be prioritised annually. In contrast, an area-based focus not only allows for speed calming measures to be implemented on a cluster of streets, it would also enable any future reduction of the speed limits within the area.
- Drivers bypassing traffic signals or busy roads use residential streets which are not designed for high volumes of traffic. An area-based approach reduces bypassing traffic and improves the overall safety in residential areas.
Given the volume of requests from Aucklanders, we need to prioritise those residential areas that are most in need of interventions. As such, we analysed all residential areas in the Auckland region in terms of the following criteria:
- Crash data and risk.
- Vulnerable road user risk, which considers the likelihood of a pedestrian or cyclist being involved in a crash along a road.
- Speed of motorised traffic.
- Location of community facilities, such as schools and kindergartens, community halls, parks and reserves, and walking and cycling routes in the vicinity.
- Any road curvature, steepness or contours that would prevent speed-calming measures from being effective.
- Concerns and requests raised by the general public, community groups and elected members.
Priority areas identified as a result of this analysis are listed below. These will be reviewed every 3 years. Projects within these areas will be confirmed annually and will be dependent on programming.
Within the prioritised areas, speed-calming measures would be installed on local streets, excluding arterial roads. We also work closely with other AT teams on existing or proposed projects (such as a road maintenance programme) which may influence design or changes that can be introduced.
Papatoetoe West Residential Speed Management Programme
Auckland Transport (AT) are making safety improvements on residential streets in West Papatoetoe to provide a safer environment for all road users. Consultation closed November 2022.
- Manurewa (Area 2) safety improvements
- Manurewa (Area 1) road safety improvements
- Rosehill, Papakura road safety improvements
- Te Atatu South road safety improvements
Clendon Park: Area bound by Roscommon Road and Palmers Road
Henderson: Area bound by Universal Drive, Lincoln Road, and Swanson Road
Hillsborough: Area bound by Dominion Road, Richardson Road, Hillsborough Road, and State Highway 20
Manurewa: Area bound by Browns Road, Russell Road, and Great South Road
Mount Roskill: Area bound by Mount Albert Road, Owairaka Avenue, Richardson Road, Stoddard Road, and Sandringham Road Extension
New Windsor: Area bound by New North Road, Blockhouse Bay Road, New Windsor Road, Maioro Street, and State Highway 20
Ōtāhuhu: Area bound by Atkinson Avenue, Great South Road, and Walters Road
Ōtara: Area bound by Bairds Road, Ōtara Road, and State Highway 1
Ōtara: Area bound by East Tamaki Road, Preston Road, and State Highway 1
Papakura: Area bound by Clevedon Road, Dominion Road, Settlement Road, and Marne Road
Papatoetoe: Area bound by Portage Road, Station Road, Wylie Road, Puhinui Road, and State Highway 20
Randwick Park: Area bound by Alfriston Road, Porchester Road, and State Highway 1
Sandringham: Area bound by Sandringham Road, Mount Albert Road, and Saint Lukes Road
Wattle Downs: Area bound by Mahia Road, Sykes Road, and Fields Road
Weymouth: Area bound by Mahia Road, Palmers Road, and Sykes Road
Wiri: Area bound by Druces Road, Kerrs Road, Great South Road, and State Highway 1
Monitoring of completed projects is an integral part of the Residential Speed Management Programme.
Public perceptions: Rosehill, Papakura, Te Atatu South, and Manurewa (Area 1 and Area 2)
In September 2019, we introduced speed calming measures to selected areas in the Rosehill, Papakura, and Te Atatu South residential areas, followed by Manurewa (Area 1) in June 2020 and Manurewa (Area 2) in September 2022.
We commissioned Gravitas Research to conduct research with residents in these areas to help understand the awareness of the measures that have been put in place, the impact that the measures have had, and the public perceptions and potential changes to travel mode used.
Here is a summary of the results: