Bollards call to stop rat-runners
Mt Eden residents want to stop commuters cutting through their suburban streets and are calling for bollards to be installed.
Traffic has increased as morning commuters use the Halesowen Ave and Pine St connection to bypass Dominion Rd, resident Sam Trowsdale says.
The Pine St Residents Association member says it is the volume of traffic, not speed, which is a risk to pedestrians and school children.
A speed table – a long and elevated speed bump – is proposed for the Pine St and Oxton Rd intersection to slow traffic down.
Trowsdale says four bollards should be put on top of the speed table.
This would allow the free-flow of cyclists and pedestrians but stop non-residential motorists entering.
The majority of affected neighbours are in favour of bollards, Trowsdale says.
There is still access residents off Balmoral Rd.
Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says the board
for supports the residents.
‘‘Suburban traffic safety is one of the board’s main priorities.’’
In 2012 the board launched a traffic-calming project in Sandringham.
But the ‘‘cumbersome process’’ means it has taken a long time to put in place, Haynes says.
Albert-Eden is ‘‘rat-running city’’ because of the high number of arterial routes in the area, Haynes says.
The board will investigate the bollards proposal with Auckland Transport.