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Safe School Streets

May 2020 update

In March this year, we received feedback on the interim safety improvements around Sunnyhills School as part of our Safe School Streets Trial. The trial was designed to increase safety outside the school, reduce the number of vehicles during peak times and encourage walking and cycling to and from the school.

Based on a review of the feedback received, changes made to the design during the trial, and the data collected earlier this year, we have decided to proceed toward a permanent solution.


What data informed our decision?

• Project team observations, video analysis and reduced speed levels support that the trial has improved safety. However, the impact of Covid did reduce traffic volumes during the video assessment.

• We measured speed at different locations and approaches to the school and found that speed levels were lower than it was before.

• The reduction was significant, particularly during the busy morning and afternoon school times. For example, on Fordyce Ave, the average operating speed in the morning peak dropped from 44km/hr to 32.2km/hr a reduction of 12.2km/hr. In addition, the percentage of vehicles exceeding 30km/h in the project area dropped by 30%.

• Surveys conducted for the evaluation received 150 school parent responses and 40 resident responses. We also held interviews with a staff focus group and student focus groups. Most respondents noted an increase in the perception of safety.

• Respondents were aware of the changes on The Crest and Fordyce Ave and agreed they had made the school drop-off/pick up times safer for children. The changes on The Crest were perceived to be safer than those installed on Fordyce Ave.

• Perceived effectiveness of different measures, such as kerb buildouts, planter boxes, raised crossings, speed humps, and other streets, varied.


How we’re moving forward

We consider the trial phase complete. While AT works through the permanent design process, some or all of the temporary measures, such as the planter boxes and yellow safety posts may remain in place to provide a safer school zone.


Community engagement on the permanent solution

We’ll engage with the community before any permanent changes are implemented, through mail outs, drop-in sessions, and site meetings.

The time frame to progress to a permanent solution is subject to funding approval. However, we expect consultation on the permanent design to take place in 2022/23 and will let you know ahead of time to get involved.


Background to the trial

Sunnyhills School participated in Safe School Streets to improve road safety outside and around the school’s entrances and encourage active transport to and from school. Following consultation and engagement with the school and local residents between 2017-2019, the trial of temporary street changes began in April 2021.

More about the trial, temporary measures and what was changed and removed during the trial Sunnyhills Temp Measures






Safe School Streets

May 2020 update

In March this year, we received feedback on the interim safety improvements around Sunnyhills School as part of our Safe School Streets Trial. The trial was designed to increase safety outside the school, reduce the number of vehicles during peak times and encourage walking and cycling to and from the school.

Based on a review of the feedback received, changes made to the design during the trial, and the data collected earlier this year, we have decided to proceed toward a permanent solution.


What data informed our decision?

• Project team observations, video analysis and reduced speed levels support that the trial has improved safety. However, the impact of Covid did reduce traffic volumes during the video assessment.

• We measured speed at different locations and approaches to the school and found that speed levels were lower than it was before.

• The reduction was significant, particularly during the busy morning and afternoon school times. For example, on Fordyce Ave, the average operating speed in the morning peak dropped from 44km/hr to 32.2km/hr a reduction of 12.2km/hr. In addition, the percentage of vehicles exceeding 30km/h in the project area dropped by 30%.

• Surveys conducted for the evaluation received 150 school parent responses and 40 resident responses. We also held interviews with a staff focus group and student focus groups. Most respondents noted an increase in the perception of safety.

• Respondents were aware of the changes on The Crest and Fordyce Ave and agreed they had made the school drop-off/pick up times safer for children. The changes on The Crest were perceived to be safer than those installed on Fordyce Ave.

• Perceived effectiveness of different measures, such as kerb buildouts, planter boxes, raised crossings, speed humps, and other streets, varied.


How we’re moving forward

We consider the trial phase complete. While AT works through the permanent design process, some or all of the temporary measures, such as the planter boxes and yellow safety posts may remain in place to provide a safer school zone.


Community engagement on the permanent solution

We’ll engage with the community before any permanent changes are implemented, through mail outs, drop-in sessions, and site meetings.

The time frame to progress to a permanent solution is subject to funding approval. However, we expect consultation on the permanent design to take place in 2022/23 and will let you know ahead of time to get involved.


Background to the trial

Sunnyhills School participated in Safe School Streets to improve road safety outside and around the school’s entrances and encourage active transport to and from school. Following consultation and engagement with the school and local residents between 2017-2019, the trial of temporary street changes began in April 2021.

More about the trial, temporary measures and what was changed and removed during the trial Sunnyhills Temp Measures






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