Birkdale Primary School

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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.

The proposed temporary changes are the outcome of the co-design process that took place between December 2020 and February 2021. The design includes a simplified road layout, kerb buildouts to slow traffic and artwork to signal to all road users that this is a school area and slow speeds/extra care is needed.

The changes we are planning, which will feature on Birkdale Road, Salisbury Road and at the intersections of Bishopsgate Street and Stott Avenue, are:

  • School zone markings which act as a visual cue to drivers that they are entering a slow speed area as well as new speed bumps
  • Drop-off and pick-up zones outside school gates in the vicinity of 26-128 Birkdale Road and 3-5 Salisbury Road indicated by a purple painted kerb and signage. Purple paint will be applied to curbs at these locations to show where the school pick-up and drop-off zones are. These zones will operate from 8.00am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 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 to school. Residents can continue to park on the road as usual. We would appreciate your support of this trial by keeping zones clear during the operating times but understand that this is not always possible
  • Kerb buildouts along Birkdale Road and Salisbury Road to reduce lane width to slow down vehicle speeds around the school and to prevent illegal parking
  • Street art within kerb buildouts and on the footpath with a specific theme chosen by Birkdale Primary School. This will complement the overall design scheme for the area by creating a clearly visible, vibrant and safe school zone.

Wherever possible we will be using material and colours that will help enhance the vibrancy of the area. This serves both as an effective visual queue to motorists, that they are entering an area with lots of people moving around, and to add to the character of Birkdale Primary school and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Wherever possible we will be using material and colours that will help enhance the vibrancy of the area. This serves both as an effective visual queue to motorists, that they are entering an area with lots of people moving around, and to add to the character of Birkdale Primary school and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

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 on this project through the online survey or email ATengagement@at.govt.nz




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.

The proposed temporary changes are the outcome of the co-design process that took place between December 2020 and February 2021. The design includes a simplified road layout, kerb buildouts to slow traffic and artwork to signal to all road users that this is a school area and slow speeds/extra care is needed.

The changes we are planning, which will feature on Birkdale Road, Salisbury Road and at the intersections of Bishopsgate Street and Stott Avenue, are:

  • School zone markings which act as a visual cue to drivers that they are entering a slow speed area as well as new speed bumps
  • Drop-off and pick-up zones outside school gates in the vicinity of 26-128 Birkdale Road and 3-5 Salisbury Road indicated by a purple painted kerb and signage. Purple paint will be applied to curbs at these locations to show where the school pick-up and drop-off zones are. These zones will operate from 8.00am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 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 to school. Residents can continue to park on the road as usual. We would appreciate your support of this trial by keeping zones clear during the operating times but understand that this is not always possible
  • Kerb buildouts along Birkdale Road and Salisbury Road to reduce lane width to slow down vehicle speeds around the school and to prevent illegal parking
  • Street art within kerb buildouts and on the footpath with a specific theme chosen by Birkdale Primary School. This will complement the overall design scheme for the area by creating a clearly visible, vibrant and safe school zone.

Wherever possible we will be using material and colours that will help enhance the vibrancy of the area. This serves both as an effective visual queue to motorists, that they are entering an area with lots of people moving around, and to add to the character of Birkdale Primary school and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Wherever possible we will be using material and colours that will help enhance the vibrancy of the area. This serves both as an effective visual queue to motorists, that they are entering an area with lots of people moving around, and to add to the character of Birkdale Primary school and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

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 on this project through the online survey or email ATengagement@at.govt.nz