Atkinson Road’s safety upgrade consultation
By Greg Presland
Atkinson Road has been in the news this year. After learning that it had the ninth busiest speed cameras in the country local resident Jennifer Conlon decided that something had to be done. The street is remarkable in that it is home for two primary schools and a pre school and a large intermediate school is immediately adjacent. Every school day many young citizens use the road to get to their particular institution. Safety and speed reduction should be paramount.
Jennifer managed to collect over 1,500 signatures in a short period on a petition requesting that safety be improved. An online petition managed to attract 694 signatures. She ran a very sophisticated and targeted campaign and attracted both print and television attention to the issue. With the help of Paula Kelly Jennifer has worked very hard to highlight concerns that she and many locals have. Every community needs people like Jennifer and Paula.
The petition was presented to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board earlier this year and Auckland Transport responded by arranging meetings of interested persons including representatives from the schools, local MP David Cunliffe, local board members and Jennifer to discuss what could be done.
Two sets of proposals are being worked on. The first involves walking school busses engagement with the schools and is ongoing. The second involves some changes to Atkinson Road’s layout.
The changes to the layout involve the installation of some raised platforms and the creation of islands to reduce a driver’s line of sight. The theory is that if drivers cannot see far ahead they will reduce their speed.
Plans have been released for public comment. If anyone wishes to comment they can make a general comment below or a particular comment can be made on each of the pictures. I will then make sure that the comments are fed into the process. You can also email the Board’s Transport spokesperson Janet Clews here or Urban Solutions who are handling the consultation here or me at my Council email. Please note the consultation ends on November 9, 2012
Copies of the plans follow and the letter to residents can be accessed here. If anyone wants to make comments on particular proposals then this can be done on the particular slide.