Children safer with crossing
Postgate School students can walk to and from school safely after a pedestrian crossing was installed on Omapere St last week.
Porirua City councillor Anita Baker has been agitating for the crossing for the entire two years she has been on council, and said she and school parents were thrilled with the result.
Students were risking their lives daily crossing busy Omapere St, where speeds of 60kph in a 50kph zone are common, she said.
Ms Baker had threatened to paint white lines on the road herself on the first day of school unless the crossing was installed.
Installing the crossing shouldn’t have taken as long as it did, and council officers should reconsider its policy of judging road safety by traffic volumes alone, she said.
The crossing is on Omapere St just south of Postgate Dr, by the BP petrol station, just where a walkway from Postgate School ends.
A bus stop on the spot has been removed, as there is another one around the corner on Spinnaker Dr.
Another crossing, without white lines but with an island in the middle of the road, has been added on Staithes Dr South.