Traffic calming installations – Patumahoe Road July 2012

Feedback regarding these installations has been sought from the community. Thank you to those who have taken the time to discuss this topic.

Twelve signatures from local residents were collected at the Open Community workshop on Monday June 10th 2012, which were most of those attending.

Informal discussions with local community residents have been overwhelmingly against the installations.

Comments received via website and email include:
“… The response from Andy Baker defies belief, if this is the quality of thinking that is controlling the structures along our roadways we need to be very scared.
There is a good case for a narrowed crossing point in front of the school but all the other Kea crossings/narrowings are clear hazards, these pinch points are no different to negotiating parked cars, they are squeeze zones waiting to kill riders trying to compete with a car and a Kenworth.
There are several more enlightened & effective methods of calming traffic that have been proven in Europe, Andy’s response sounds more like scrambling for excuses for having spent thousands of ratepayers dollars on a clearly failed initiative rather than being willing to take a clear & open view of effective road safety, if Andy Baker and the Board were genuinely “concerned with road safety for children…” they would not have constructed these “killing zones” along our highways.”

“…I agree that the barriers are really tricky for cyclists, and we do get a lot of recreational cyclists and commuting children on this road given the push to move towards non-motorised means of transport or children and the community

A shame the barriers were just put there without consultation!! It does seem like a better approach would have been a visual barrier rather than one that puts cyclists and traffic in the same limited road space!!

Not a good move to make the barriers less visible either as motorists need a warning to take care and slow down anticipating cyclists and children on bikes or on foot in the village which is the key issue”

In the media

As an indication of timely relevance regarding traffic planning and installations, Closeup had an episode on Monday 23 July regarding the recent fatalities on the intersection of Glenbrook and Kingseat road.

Appearing in this segment are local residents:
Butch Williams – Patumahoe Deputy Fire Chief,
Toni Searle – recently injured in a crash at the intersection and
Paula Townley – involved in a crash two years ago and part of a residents group who has been campaigning for installation of a roundabout at this location.

Also, appearing is Local Board Chairman – Andy Baker to give his opinion on why – despite funding being allocated for implementation in 2011-2012 for the roundabout – it has not occurred. He stated that safety in the rural roads was the priority for the Franklin Local Board Submission to the RLTP, and that it remains a priority of the board.  A copy of the minutes from the hearings can be found here, Local Board submission is (Track Number: 88).

Patumahoe Village Inc has been requesting Auckland Transport review and strategic integrated planning and implementation of the traffic concerns raised by the community since August 2010.  We fully support any initiative that achieves this goal – we do not believe this to be the case at present.

ONE news also had a segment on Wednesday 25 July 2012 regarding the coroner’s recommendations following the death of a cyclist on Tamaki Drive.

This is relevant to Patumahoe and the use of the pinch points on Patumahoe Road, which Auckland Transport admits to being a hazard.

“A coroner has floated the idea of mandatory high visibility clothing and compulsory use of cycle lanes for cyclists.

The new safety ideas were raised at one of a series of nationwide inquests into a spate of cyclist deaths.

Jane Bishop, 27, was killed on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive in November after falling under a truck when she swerved as a car door was opened.

Coroner Gordon Matenga says her death could have been avoided if she had used a cycle lane.

Transport planner Bevan Woodward says that in his opinion the Auckland City Council’s actions “were a significant contributing cause of the death of Jane Bishop.”

He told ONE News that he had urged the council to remove car parks on the road in 2006 because they created a dangerous “pinch-point”.

“It became apparent, from my discussions with Auckland Council staff, that due to budget considerations they were not going to implement any of the recommendations in my report,” he says.

The council did remove the parking spaces two days after Bishop’s death, even though an independent review found road layout didn’t contribute to the crash.

Auckland Transport now has further plans to make Tamaki Drive safer including a city-bound cycling lane.

“Any modification beyond that will be extremely expensive and will require significant road widening,” says David Warburton of Auckland Transport.

The coroner is also considering new road rules for cyclists such as making it mandatory to use cycling lanes, where they are available and to wear high-visibility reflective gear.”


Email sent to Local Board – via chairman, Andy Baker

Following consultation feedback and recent media stories, this email in response to previous correspondence has been sent to our Local Board.

“Hi Andy

Thanks for the reply and taking our letter up at your forum with AT. My response is that I am not very satisfied with AT position. We have developed a draft response for wider circulation among our community to ensure that we are not expressing the views of just a few people. Already at a community meeting a few weeks ago all shared similar views as ours in terms of suggesting that there should be better solutions. Paula will be documenting and forwarding the wider community views to Local Board and also copy AT.

It is good to see the publicity on TV 3 at the moment re the hazard issues that parked cars and barriers create for cyclists. (Feature tonight on Campbell live). Internationally it is recognised that there are many tool options that can be used as alternatives to physical barriers. Also it is perhaps worth letting you know that over the last few weeks there have been at least 2 (possibly 3), further changes to the signage and barriers (at some cost), indicating that there is a level of reactionary planning occurring rather than proactive, consultative. Worth checking out Wikipedia definition about ‘traffic calming’ and see the interpretation of physical barriers.

On a more positive note the Walkway has been progressing very well with several working bees involving the community, the whole school, MIT Park Ranger students and Weck employees. It is most impressive with the track now formed and metalled and most plantings completed. We just have signage to complete which I am arranging with Andrew Moor. This is along with the marking the access through private land to connect the Patumahoe reserve with Henry’s Bush. We have opened up a great spring near the bottom of the walkway and a local Maori (Willy Smith) from Ngati ti ata who attended two of the working bees recognised this as Waahi Tapu. I am also going to contact George Flavell re the spring and it seems very appropriate that we commemorate it’s significance with some form of signage etc. Do you have suggestions on who else we should be contacting within AC re this?

Best Wishes

Andrew Sinclair”

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