Hot off the press - Clevedon Village Pedestrian Crossing Update

Hot off the press - Clevedon Village Pedestrian Crossing Update

We regret to advise that Auckland Transport (AT) has decided not to proceed with their proposal to install two raised pedestrian crossings in Clevedon Village.
 
In May the community was invited to provide feedback on AT's proposal to give pedestrians greater priority, slow traffic to safer speeds, and improve safety in our village. The plan for the two crossings respected the community’s desire to retain carparks outside key retail areas, and utilised existing kerb extensions outside the cemetery and Clevedon Seafoods.
 
Feedback from the community indicated that people were unlikely to use the crossings in these locations and that raised tables were considered undesirable from a noise and nuisance perspective (particularly for those towing trailers and floats). Some support was provided for flush crossings, but these are only considered to be effective at speeds of less than 30km/hr; the speed at which car vs pedestrian impacts are less likely to cause catastrophic injury.
 
So what to do?  
 
In the short term a speed limit reduction through our main street may temporarily improve safety. This is something the Clevedon CBA will advocate for in the next round of AT road speed reviews. With slower speeds, perhaps we could trial flush crossings at different locations to measure usage.
 
However, long term the Clevedon CBA strongly believes that significant reconstruction of our mainstreet is required, and more specifically the construction of rear laneways behind businesses on both sides of the road, servicing infrastructure, delivery and onsite car parking needs.  
 
As indicated by the Clevedon Village Design Framework, rear laneways would enable over 30 driveways to be relocated off our mainstreet, providing more on-street car parking and potential for wider footpaths and spaces to gather as a community. It would also enable the construction of traffic calming interventions that would make our streets safer for people.
 
The next time you drive through our village have a think about whether we want our mainstreet to feel like Drury, where car is king? Or Waiuku or Howick, where pedestrians feel safe and are encouraged to walk?