The Dunedin City Council is working on a range of measures to improve road safety, particularly for pedestrians, in Dunedin’s central city schools cluster – the area made up of Otago Boys’ High School, Arthur Street School, Kavanagh College, Otago Girls’ High School and St Joseph’s Cathedral School.
Consultation with schools identified several key concerns including difficulties faced by pedestrians when crossing roads and intersections, problems with parking near schools, especially for short-term visitors, and high speeds on some streets. In response, we are working on four consistent safety measures, which may be extended to other schools in the city if this trial proves successful.
1 Gateway thresholds
We’ve installed signs, bollards and painted lines at the entry points to the area to let drivers know they are entering a school area, reduce speed and provide crossing points. The next step would be to replace the bollards with permanent kerb buildouts and install electronic signs.
2 Crossing points
A number of crossing points have been painted to reduce traffic speed and improve pedestrian accessibility and safety. The next step would be to install either raised crossings or kerb buildouts with a pedestrian refuge island in the centre.
We’re looking at changes to the layout of car parks in some areas. The first place we would like to make some changes is York Place/Cargill Street and we will be in touch with residents in that area soon to let them know about the proposed changes.
4 Speed management
We would like to reduce traffic speeds by introducing a part-time or permanent 30 or 40 km/h speed zone.