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  1. Hilda Ross Retirement Village and Ruakura Road

    Before Christmas a 91 year old resident of Hilda Ross retirement village was killed around midday on a traffic light controlled, 2-stage pesdestrian crossing outside the village:

    I have parents at this village and the death raises several issues.

    1) In terms of location, it is either unfortunate or poor planning to have a large retirement village cut off from its main regular shopping opportunity for residents (a supermarket) by a very wide 4 lane road. My understanding is that a number of residents make the trip across to the supermarket as part of their regular routine.

    2) Are crossing times adequate? This is an issue overseas:

    3) Could better signage be provided, and maybe even a way for elderly residents to ‘hack’ the lights for a longer crossing time? See this Dutch example:

    I note that NZTA currently does not have a specific sign for elderly pedestrians (for example, similar to that shown in the above Dutch article). According to their manual, they have a permanent warning sign (PW-29) for pedestrians to which you can add an ‘elderly’ label:
    Given the growing number of elderly residents, this seems like an oversight that needs attention.

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