COMMENTS FROM WESTERN LEADER NEIGHBOURLY PAGE
FLUSH MEDIAN LAW
I believe that in some circumstances it can be excused consider for example the shocking queues at the Te Atatu roundabout. Obviously one must take care around schools but we have to be aware of the state of our roads and the fact that our city planning is quite lacking and cannot possibly accommodate the huge influx of people into our city every month.
It gets interesting when two vehicles are using the flush median from opposite directions and don’t quite get to their intended turning point. One suggestion would be to install traffic islands along the flush median to divide it into ‘‘legal’’ sections. That reduces the risk of idiots using it for passing, while also reducing the risk of head on
I think people need to exercise common sense (instead of asking for our lives to be regulated to the nth degree). When using a flush median - obviously the shorter the distance, the safer it will be. However, if you can clearly see ahead to your exit, and can reasonably judge that there will be no oncoming traffic (which may also want to use the median) then larger distances should be permissible. If you can’t see your exit, or judge what oncoming traffic might be doing, wait until you can.
SARAH TATTERSALL Ranui
I think a 100 meters seems like a reasonably safe distance to use flush medium for a right turning vehicle.
ABHI SINGH Kelston
If an action feels unsafe, it probably is. On the other hand, I don’t understand why this man got a fine when there was no specific rule in place for him to break. A system of marking median strips to indicate a point at which it is permissible to queue for a right turn would be a very good idea.
WATER TREATMENT PLANT
It’s not about preventing a new water treatment plant being built, it’s about making sure it does happen on a site that means many families lose their homes. Watercare already owns a site that has permission to for a new water treatment plant. This site would not need Watercare to forcefully purchase and demolish family homes, this alternate site would also mean fewer pipes and infrastructure need to be build as it is next to the existing treatment plant.
BUILD IT UP
I agree that high rise buildings are the way of the future for housing problems to be solved. Many small centres could provide community services and living. Something us oldies and children would feel safer with.
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Ranjit Rajasingh got a ticket for driving on the flush median.