Speed bumps await council action
Ms Arlington says when she noticed an increase in speeding traffic, she decided to door-knock every home on the 800-metrelong street.
“It’s a straight throughroad from Dominion Rd that connects to the Sandringham village so it’s a handy short-cut,” says Ms Arlington.
“A speeding problem has existed here for years so it was easy to canvas and gather support.”
Ms Arlington presented her petition to the EdenAlbert Community Board last month.
It included comments from neighbours about damaged parked vehicles, pets run over and fear for children’s safety.
Eden-Albert Community Board chairman Chris Dempsey says this is the third complaint the board has received in the past year about connector streets being treated like drag strips.
“These long straight streets are like a rat-run, but the flow-on effects of speed treatment must be thought through,” he says.
“There’s a pattern forming here and we need to consider a more holistic approach to the grid-like area.”
Auckland City Council road safety manager Karen Hay says investigations into Calgary St have already started and will look at the broader picture.
“We take road safety very seriously and there are a substantial number of similar requests around the city. The challenge we face is prioritising streets that require traffic calming devices. We certainly don’t want to create a negative impact somewhere else.”
Council findings and suggested recommendations will be presented to the transport committee meeting in May.