Calmer streets on cards for Herne Bay

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Herne Bay res­i­dents are be­ing given a say on how to re­duce speed­ing and ‘‘rat run­ning’’ in their area.

Auck­land Trans­port ( AT) is seek­ing feed­back on its planned Herne Bay walk­ing and cy­cling im­prove­ments to cre­ate safer streets with fewer cars.

The project aims to re­duce traf­fic speed and make it eas­ier to cy­cle and walk through neigh­bour­hoods.

AT cy­cling, walk­ing and safety man­ager Kathryn King says it has been work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity on the project.

Public con­sul­ta­tion was done in March to get feed­back on cy­cling im­prove­ments within the Pt Che­va­lier to city fringe area.

‘‘Herne Bay is such a beau­ti­ful place to get around on foot or bike,’’ King says.

AT says the Herne Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion have pre­vi­ously ex­pressed con­cerns about cars speed­ing and rat run­ning.

Rat run­ning is when ve­hi­cles cut through res­i­den­tial ar­eas rather than us­ing main roads to reach their des­ti­na­tion.

One op­tion is to in­clude raised ta­bles on the roads that will slow traf­fic in Herne Bay north of Jer­vois Rd.

Raised ta­bles are dif­fer­ent from speed humps. While raised, they are lower than speed humps and form a raised plat­form cov­er­ing the cen­tral area of in­ter­sec­tions.

A lot of mo­torists use Herne Bay back streets as a ‘rat-run’ to get on the North­ern Mo­tor­way at Cur­ran St, King says.

AT has iden­ti­fied 22 lo­ca­tions for the pos­si­ble in­stal­la­tion of raised ta­bles to nar­row the road and re­duce speed­ing.

In ad­di­tion to raised ta­bles at 13 in­ter­sec­tions, they could also fea­ture mid­way along streets in nine lo­ca­tions.

Re­moval of two on-street park­ing spaces will be re­quired at each mid­way street lo­ca­tion. About 18 carparks could go. ‘‘This project will beau­tify the area with road­side plant­ing and make it safer to walk or cy­cle to lo­cal shops, beaches, parks and schools,’’ says King.

The project starts at Westhaven, via the Cur­ran St and Sars­field St in­ter­sec­tion, runs along Sars­field St and con­nects with five res­i­den­tial streets be­tween Sars­field St and Jer­vois Rd. King says no trees will be re­moved dur­ing the re­mod­elling.

The aim would be to cre­ate a gate­way to the area, sig­nalling to driv­ers they are en­ter­ing a lower speed en­vi­ron­ment.

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