For several years now, Auckland Transport has been deploying cameras to help enforce bus lanes in an automated and consistent manner. This application is an essential task to ensure that they remain free of cars so that the buses can run faster and more reliably, thus making the buses more attractive to use. It has the added benefit of making it safer for AT personnel than having people standing by the side of the road.
In February, AT announced that it would also use technology to enforce T3 lanes on Onewa Rd. Onewa Rd is Auckland’s oldest public transport route and before the crisis the route was so successful that it was carrying around 19% of vehicles on the road during the peak, but moving around 66% of people. Those using the lane move down the corridor about four times faster than those using the general lane.
The installation of the cameras is great and something we support but what we don’t support is the way AT seems to install them after seeing this tweet yesterday.
– CriticalVaxAKL (@CriticalMassAKL) November 16, 2021
Putting a post like this in the middle of a shared path defies belief. It also appears to be not just a post, but a box with sharp corners protruding from the post at about head height.
We already have far too many problems with compromised pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, whether it’s from cars parked due to lack of enforcement or a legacy of laziness from engineers. AT should look at how they resolve these existing issues and the last thing they should do is add things to it.
The Herald noted this yesterday afternoon and give a little more detail about it.
Residents of the North Shore are outraged by the installation of new T3 cameras on Onewa Road which, according to them, presents a danger to the safety of pedestrians.
Concerns have been expressed about the camera poles, which some residents say will block the path, and their installation has been described as “incompetent” by a local politician – but Auckland Transport says the installation is not yet completed and will include added safety features.
Photos shared online of the newly installed cameras show them sitting in the middle of the trail along the busy road, which is home to schools, churches and daycares.
Speaking to the Herald today, John Gillon said residents would “raise their hands in horror” at the location of the posts and described their installation as “incompetent.”
“The placement took no consideration for anyone walking or biking the trail,” he said, noting that the trail on the south side of the road has been designated as a shared path and cyclists are encouraged to use it.
He said the local council had been pushing for the trail on the north side to also be converted to a shared path and that the installation of the poles was not supportive of the local council’s goal of improving the area for walkers. and cyclists.
The herald also has a photo with a second example
Unlike the first photo, the trail is right up against the property line so there is no berm. But the question is why is this, and the existing T3 sign post is not right up against the curb. They were shown this way in images shared by AT on the project.
AT’s response to the Herald is below.
A spokesperson for Auckland Transport told the Herald that there are a number of factors to consider when setting up the poles and the installation is not yet complete.
“The delivery team worked with traffic engineering and a road safety audit was performed, to support the positioning of the equipment,” the spokesperson said, adding that they had to be built around the existing services. .
“The standards apply not only to the sidewalk, but also to underground services, power lines above, tree canopies and existing road equipment.
“The installation is not yet complete, as there are other items to add. We still need to install tactile warning tapes near the poles for the visually impaired, ”they said.
If a road safety audit ends with placing a post like this in the middle of a shared path, you really have to ask yourself how reliable this safety audit process is. A few tactile strips also won’t prevent someone from peeking when they hit their bike’s protruding box, or they try to get around the post on the side of the road to avoid a pedestrian only to clip the post with it. a handlebars and throw themselves on the road.
Come on AT, I’m sure your talented engineers will find a solution to this.