One sign too many
When Gillian Dance walks along Mt Albert Rd she feels like she is in a maze.
The Mt Albert resident says there are many new signs on the footpath signalling where the new cycle lane begins and ends.
New signs have also been placed at the start and end of bus stops along the road.
Ms Dance came close to injury when she walked into a pole in the footpath.
She says it is unnecessary to have so many poles and they should not be so far from the kerb.
“It’s absolutely nonsensical and there’s a ridiculous number of them,” she says.
“I do not understand why they have changed a simple system to a great proliferation of signs.”
New signs were put up when the cycleway was established by the Auckland City Council late last year.
Twenty-one ‘cycle lane begins’ signs and three ‘cycle lane stops’ signs were put up.
A further 30 bus stop signs were installed and 10 old signs removed.
Ms Dance says she walked into the pole because she is familiar with the road and did not expect it to be there.
“I was knocked out, I literally saw stars.
“I know some people will say I should have been looking but you don’t expect to have them sitting out into the footpath like that.”
Ms Dance says the council could use paint to mark bus stops on the roads instead of signs.
But council senior transport manager Daniel Newcombe says the number of signs is not actually the council’s decision.
They are in accordance with Transit New Zealand requirements for signs to be legally enforceable and logical to motorists.
He says the signs have to be placed 300mm from the kerb line so motorists don’t hit them. The exact placement depends on the underground services present, he says.
The Eden Albert Community Board is also looking into traffic concerns on Mt Albert Rd since the installation of the cycleway.
Last month members discussed increased traffic delays around Mt Albert and Carrington roads and possible solutions. Mr Newcombe says the council has been monitoring congestion on Mt Albert Rd for some time.
He says the road safety team has made changes to signals on the Mt Albert Rd-New North Rd intersection and will give a full report to the community board soon.
Resident Gillian Dance is concerned at the number of poles that have gone up on Mt Albert Rd since the cycle lane was installed.