One sign too many

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Res­i­dent Gil­lian Dance is con­cerned at the num­ber of poles that have gone up on Mt Al­bert Rd since the cy­cle lane was in­stalled.

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