Papatoetoe West Streets for People

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Background

In the past five years, there have been 140 crashes in this part of Papatoetoe alone, with 5 serious injuries, 35 minor injuries and 100 non-injuries. For years, locals – especially those on bikes or walking – have told us about numerous issues with speeding vehicles making them feel unsafe, causing damage to property, near misses and injuries.

Prior to making permanent safety improvements, the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board wanted to work together with the community to trial people friendly spaces and safer ways to travel in West Papatoetoe.

The Papatoetoe West Low Traffic Neighbourhood trial is led by the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board, has been awarded funding through the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Programme and was delivered by Auckland Transport.

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) trial?

An LTN is typically low-speed area that provides access to vehicles but prevents rat-running or short cuts through residential roads and allocates more road space to walking and cycling. This is typically achieved through the use of ‘modal filters’, turning restrictions, ‘parklets’ or strategically placed planters and other placemaking measures. A ‘modal filter’ is a road closure for vehicular traffic which still allows those walking, riding a bike or mobility scooter to filter or travel through.

What will the trial lead to?

Papatoetoe West has been identified as a priority area for safety improvements by Auckland Transport. Ultimately, our goal will be to:

  • Make Papatoetoe West a low-speed area
  • Make it safer and easier travel on bike or foot
  • Prevent the area from being used a rat-run or short cuts

Please check our FAQ section to see how we will monitor the outcomes of the trial, and how decisions will be made.

What changes are being trialled?

In May, trial interventions were installed to reduce speeds for vehicles, provide safer crossing opportunities, and prevent traffic from using a residential road as a through road. These included:

  • Modal filters at two locations: Park Ave near Claude Ave intersection, and the Hillside Rd / Sumner St intersection
  • Speed-calming near crossings and key intersections: Claude Ave zebra crossing and pedestrian refuge, Ferndown Ave zebra crossing, Hillcrest Rd zebra crossing, Pah Rd / Ferndown Ave intersection. Temporary street furniture such as yellow flexi-posts and concrete blocks
  • Gateway threshold treatments with ‘SLOW’ road markings and ‘SLOW TRAFFIC AREA’ signage

Changes to the Park Ave/Claude Rd and Hillside Rd/Sumner St intersections

In June, Auckland Transport updated the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board who were appreciative of the community feedback, noting that there had been delayed monitoring and delivery. Overall, the community acknowledged that drivers are travelling too fast through the area and support efforts to slow down vehicles.

The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board had considered the feedback and in response decided to modify the layout at both the Park Ave /Claude Rd and Hillside Rd/ Sumner St intersections.

We are now looking at a new design that will allow all traffic movements and encourage lower speeds. These changes are proposed to happen in mid-July.

In regards to the other temporary measures such as speed cushions, flexi posts, raised zebra crossings and ‘SLOW’ markings on the other streets within the area, these temporary measures will be retained. These temporary measures will be replaced with permanent fixtures within the next 12 – 18 months.


Update September

While the changes for the Park Ave /Claude Rd and Hillside Rd/ Sumner St intersections had been proposed for mid-July, testing of the roadway art surface was needed first before allowing cars to travel over the roadway art.

In August, testing of the roadway art surface showed that this surface is inadequate for vehicles to travel over. Removal of the roadway art is now essential at both sites, before the modal filters/ road closures are opened to traffic.

These changes are proposed when the current Alert Levels reach an appropriate level.


Keep an eye on this webpage for further updates.

Or if you have any queries related to the project, please write to the project team here:

PapatoetoeSafeStreets@at.govt.nz

Background

In the past five years, there have been 140 crashes in this part of Papatoetoe alone, with 5 serious injuries, 35 minor injuries and 100 non-injuries. For years, locals – especially those on bikes or walking – have told us about numerous issues with speeding vehicles making them feel unsafe, causing damage to property, near misses and injuries.

Prior to making permanent safety improvements, the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board wanted to work together with the community to trial people friendly spaces and safer ways to travel in West Papatoetoe.

The Papatoetoe West Low Traffic Neighbourhood trial is led by the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board, has been awarded funding through the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Programme and was delivered by Auckland Transport.

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) trial?

An LTN is typically low-speed area that provides access to vehicles but prevents rat-running or short cuts through residential roads and allocates more road space to walking and cycling. This is typically achieved through the use of ‘modal filters’, turning restrictions, ‘parklets’ or strategically placed planters and other placemaking measures. A ‘modal filter’ is a road closure for vehicular traffic which still allows those walking, riding a bike or mobility scooter to filter or travel through.

What will the trial lead to?

Papatoetoe West has been identified as a priority area for safety improvements by Auckland Transport. Ultimately, our goal will be to:

  • Make Papatoetoe West a low-speed area
  • Make it safer and easier travel on bike or foot
  • Prevent the area from being used a rat-run or short cuts

Please check our FAQ section to see how we will monitor the outcomes of the trial, and how decisions will be made.

What changes are being trialled?

In May, trial interventions were installed to reduce speeds for vehicles, provide safer crossing opportunities, and prevent traffic from using a residential road as a through road. These included:

  • Modal filters at two locations: Park Ave near Claude Ave intersection, and the Hillside Rd / Sumner St intersection
  • Speed-calming near crossings and key intersections: Claude Ave zebra crossing and pedestrian refuge, Ferndown Ave zebra crossing, Hillcrest Rd zebra crossing, Pah Rd / Ferndown Ave intersection. Temporary street furniture such as yellow flexi-posts and concrete blocks
  • Gateway threshold treatments with ‘SLOW’ road markings and ‘SLOW TRAFFIC AREA’ signage

Changes to the Park Ave/Claude Rd and Hillside Rd/Sumner St intersections

In June, Auckland Transport updated the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board who were appreciative of the community feedback, noting that there had been delayed monitoring and delivery. Overall, the community acknowledged that drivers are travelling too fast through the area and support efforts to slow down vehicles.

The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board had considered the feedback and in response decided to modify the layout at both the Park Ave /Claude Rd and Hillside Rd/ Sumner St intersections.

We are now looking at a new design that will allow all traffic movements and encourage lower speeds. These changes are proposed to happen in mid-July.

In regards to the other temporary measures such as speed cushions, flexi posts, raised zebra crossings and ‘SLOW’ markings on the other streets within the area, these temporary measures will be retained. These temporary measures will be replaced with permanent fixtures within the next 12 – 18 months.


Update September

While the changes for the Park Ave /Claude Rd and Hillside Rd/ Sumner St intersections had been proposed for mid-July, testing of the roadway art surface was needed first before allowing cars to travel over the roadway art.

In August, testing of the roadway art surface showed that this surface is inadequate for vehicles to travel over. Removal of the roadway art is now essential at both sites, before the modal filters/ road closures are opened to traffic.

These changes are proposed when the current Alert Levels reach an appropriate level.


Keep an eye on this webpage for further updates.

Or if you have any queries related to the project, please write to the project team here:

PapatoetoeSafeStreets@at.govt.nz

Page last updated: 23 September 2021, 12:18