Residents frustrated with fast cars at Pt Chev
Residents have launched a petition calling on Auckland Council to take action over cars speeding along Point Chevalier Rd.
Point Chevalier residents raised concerns with council in December 2016 regarding cars travelling at speed at the Coyle Park end of Point Chevalier Rd.
Resident Charlotte Bowie, representing a group of residents, requested council consider an application for a speed camera and speed easements on the road to tackle speeding vehicles.
Bowie said that the 850 metre section of Point Chevalier Rd leading to the park ‘‘is notorious for speeding’’.
‘‘Personally, I have witnessed two cars spin out at the corner turning toward Wright Road, due to excessive speed, one nearly taking out a cyclist who thankfully reacted fast and was able to make it up onto the pavement,’’ Bowie said.
‘‘Plenty of residents are concerned about the safety of the road, especially as it’s a high foot traffic stretch for both adults and children heading to both the park and the beach,’’ she said.
Council responded to Bowie’s letter, rejecting the application. Following the rejection Bowie launched a petition with residents calling for improvements to the street to discourage speeding.
Within a week 250 people had signed the petition.
Last week Auckland Transport (AT) spokesman Mark Hannan said Point Chevalier Rd was classified as a collector road designed to allow travel between key destinations as well as leading traffic between local roads and major arterial routes.
‘‘Installing speed bumps is inappropriate for Point Chevalier Rd as it would affect the road’s capacity and would result in increased congestion in the surrounding areas,’’ Hannan said.
Hannan said speed data for Point Chevalier Rd showed most motorists travelled at an appropriate speed.
AT had reviewed the crash history of the road and the risk of injuries occurring was low compared to many other locations.
Hannan said Auckland Transport was planning to improve the walking and cycling facilities along Point Chevalier Rd from the Great North Rd intersection to Meola Road. This work will be completed by the end of 2018.
Point Chevalier Rd resident Charlotte Bowie is frustrated with cars speeding along the road.