Most Aucklanders live on urban residential streets, and these communities have highlighted we make our streets safer places for walking and cycling, for children, the elderly and the differently abled.
Vehicles speeding through residential streets, is a common concern for Aucklanders and each year Auckland Transport (AT) receives around a 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 help 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, thus simply transferring 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 three 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.
Manurewa (Area 2) safety improvements
Auckland Transport (AT) are proposing to make road safety improvements on residential streets in Manurewa (Area 2) to provide a safer environment for all road users.
- Manurewa road safety improvements
- Rosehill, Papakura road safety improvements
- Te Atatu South road safety improvements
Favona, Mangere: Area bound by Walmsley Road, Robertson Road and Hall Avenue.
Kelston: Area bound by Great North Road, Rata Street, the Whau river and Archibald Road.
Mangere East, Middlemore: Area bound by Massey Road, Buckland Road, Portage Road and Gray Avenue.
Mangere East: Area bound by Massey Road, Savill Drive, Buckland Road, Garus Avenue and Archboyd Avenue.
Manurewa: Area bound by Weymouth Road, Great South Road, Browns Road and Russell Road
New Windsor/Blockhouse Bay: Area bound by New Windsor Road, Boundry Road, Donovan Street, Blockhouse Bay Road, and Tiverton Road, excluding Whitney Street
Papatoetoe: Area bound by Portage Road, Station Road, Wylie Road, Puhinui Road, and State Highway 20.
Sandringham: Area bound by St Lukes Road, Sandringham Road, Mt Albert Road and Fergusson Reserve.
Te Atatu Peninsula: Area bound by Taikata Road, Te Atatu Road, and State Highway 16.
Te Atatu South East: Area bound by Te Atatu Road, Covil Avenue and Coniston Avenue.
Henderson: Area bound by Universal Drive, Lincoln Road, and Swanson Road.
Monitoring of completed projects is an integral part of the Residential Speed Management Programme.
Public perceptions: Rosehill, Papakura and Te Atatu South
In September 2019, Auckland Transport introduced speed calming measures to selected residential areas in the Rosehill, Papakura and Te Atatu South residential areas.
Gravitas Research were commissioned by Auckland Transport to conduct research with residents in these areas to help understand awareness of the measures that have been put in place, the impact that the measures have had, as well as the public perceptions and potential changes to travel mode used.
Below is a summary of the results.