Traffic moves make people feel safer

Publish Date : 24 Feb 2023
Speed Bump

Manurewa residents are feeling safer on the area’s roads and footpaths.

An Auckland Transport road safety perception survey after the second residential speed management zone was introduced found:

  • 67 per cent increase in perception of safety in the area
  • 75 per cent reported feeling safer or much safer due to speed-calming
  • 28 per cent used at least one active transport mode more often since improvements
  • 19 per cent increase in walking
  • 28 per cent increase in cycling
  • 25 per cent increase in scootering
  • Use of active transport for local shopping trips up from 11 per cent to 16 per cent
  • increased safety ratings around schools, for pedestrians and cyclists
  • driver behaviour seen as improved.

Manurewa Local Board chair Glenn Murphy says traffic-calming measures are seldom received well by everyone, so evidence they are delivering benefits for residents in the areas where they are being installed is welcome.

“Everyone has a right to be safe on the road and when they are walking on their own street.

“As a board, we have been committed to improving safety for our people, and we will continue working closely with Auckland Transport on further improvements.

“We do hear that it’s all a waste of money, but the life that gets saved might be one of your loved ones.”

Meanwhile the shortage of bus drivers has seen timetables adjusted to reflect service levels and manage commuter expectations.

Murphy says most services removed from timetables were those that had not been operating for some time because of recurring cancellations.

“AT has worked hard to retain the first and last trips of the day, school services and those used by a large number of students, not to cancel two trips in a row on the same route, and to maintain service to more remote routes.”

Driver recruitment is progressing.

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