Crosby Rd Safety Improvement Submission

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This post is Living Streets Hamilton’s submission on the proposed Crosby Rd safety improvements.

Note: 90% of crashes involving pedestrians occur while pedestrians are crossing roads (p3-7 NZTA Pedestrian Guide). ‘Priority “T” and “X’ junctions by far have the highest number of cyclist collisions’ (p19 NZTA Bike Panel). Living Streets Hamilton wants the Crosby Rd safety improvements to focus on street crossings and junctions

Living Streets Hamilton thanks the Hamilton City Council safety improvement team for the many very good examples around the city that display best practice at an international standard. Increased walking and subsequent reduced car use can be greatly encouraged by continuing to provide crossing facilities that are safe for all users, including those with disabilities, in all street improvements within the city. The following requests aim to maintain a high level of pedestrian accessibility in the Crosby Rd area.

Priority One – Living Streets Hamilton wants a 30km speed limit past the Crosby Rd local shops, which is where we are likely to see the highest concentration of pedestrians. Example: Bader St Shops

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Priority Two – Living Streets Hamilton wants to promote an economic gain for the Crosby Rd local shops by providing better pedestrian access with a raised pedestrian crossing within 25m of the shops. Example: new pedestrian crossings on Anglesea St.

Priority Three – Living Streets Hamilton wants to promote an economic gain for the Crosby Rd local shops by providing a raised-bed, light controlled crossing on Hukanui Rd within 25m of the Crosby Rd intersection (T-Junction). Example: Victoria St

Priority Four – Living Streets Hamilton wants the Hukanui Rd slip lane into Crosby Rd removed and a raised-bed pedestrian crossing added across the entrance to Crosby Rd, to improve crossing safety in Crosby Rd. Example: Odette St.

Priority Five – Living Streets Hamilton wants 3 roundabouts, with raised pedestrian crossings on each arm, at the following intersections (T-Junctions): Carlyle Ave/Crosby Rd, Winstone Ave/Crosby Rd and McMeekan Ave/Crosby Rd. Example: Bankwood Rd/Comries Rd.

Priority Six – Living Streets Hamilton wants a raised-bed pedestrian crossing across Crosby Rd near Porritt Park, which connects to paths through Porritt Park to Snell Dr, Winstone Ave, and new off-street paths to Tramway Rd to the northern and southern corners of Porritt Park. Example of crossing: Victoria St at Garden Place.

Of concern: Kerb design should be of an accessible/forgiving style (not vertical). Example: Dunedin, Drive-able islands outside entranceways Cumberland St and Raalte NL

Of concern: Comfort level of the raised tables. Bumps should not make a trip in an ambulance painful. Raised traffic tables should be seen as one tool, alongside other changes, to make our streets safer.   Good Example: Victoria St/Grantham St

Comment on Parking: There should always be on-street parking available for short visits. Living Streets Hamilton suggests half of the on-street parking should have a time limit. Example: George St has time-limited parking on one side of the street.

To reiterate: 90% of crashes involving pedestrians occur while pedestrians are crossing roads (p3-7 NZTA Pedestrian Guide). ‘Priority “T” and “X’ junctions by far have the highest number of cyclist collisions’ (p19 NZTA Bike Panel). Living Streets Hamilton wants the Crosby Rd safety improvements to give priority to street crossings and intersections.

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