Res­i­dents frus­trated with fast cars at Pt Chev

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGERALD

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.

MARY FITZGERALD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Point Che­va­lier Rd res­i­dent Char­lotte Bowie is frus­trated with cars speed­ing along the road.

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