Matipo St residents perplexed by speed humps
Matipo St residents are stumped by an Auckland City Council decision to put speed bumps down their road while a neighbouring street’s cries for traffic calming measures remain unheard.
The council last week began installing four speed tables along the 400-metre long Balmoral street.
Two of the tables will also be pedestrian crossings, which will be largely used by students at nearby Maungawhau Primary School.
While the installation of traffic calming devices would have nearby Calgary St residents applauding, support in Matipo St is divided.
Ninety-year-old Mildred Farnsham has lived in Matipo St for 66 years and while she admits traffic uses the street to dodge the Balmoral Rd lights during rush hour, she’s against the speed bumps.
“It’s stupid. It’s not necessary. Some cars drive a bit fast but they’re not flying down here. It might make cars slow down but it will be a nuisance,” she says.
“If the council is concerned about school children crossing they should put a pedestrian light in instead.
“That way cars would only stop when they had to instead of all the time.”
Maungawhau Primary School principal Linley Bruce says as part of Auckland Regional Transport Authority’s travel wise programme the council initiated calls for traffic safety in the area.
“Auckland City Council approached us about two years ago looking for hazards, but I don’t see it as a particularly dangerous part of the walk at all,” she says.
“If a submission was made it would be because of us but not on behalf of us.”
Mike Roberts is another resident frustrated by the decision.
“They are totally unnecessary. There are streets begging for speed humps and they won’t help here whatsoever,” he says.
Mr Roberts says council notification requested feedback in January when most people were away on holiday.
Of the 369 letters sent to the residents, the council received 19 responses with five in favour.
Mrs Fransham, Mr Roberts and their immediate neighbours made up the 14 respondents with major concerns, including the loss of off-street car parking due to broken yellow lines also being added to the street.
“Many homes on the street are very old and don’t have any off-street parking. I’m not sure where they’re expected to park,” says Mr Roberts.
Council road safety transport manager Karen Hay says since January’s consultation the design was revised to reduce the length of the broken yellow lines in order to retain 11 parking spaces.
She also says the Maungawhau Primary School’s community did raise concerns about pupil safety, which was why the street was investigated two years ago.
“A significant number of children cross Matipo St so speed tables will be used to slow traffic and to allow students to cross safely in the area.”