Calmer streets on cards for Herne Bay
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.