Speed bumps await coun­cil action

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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.

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