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Beerescourt census area bright spots

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Beerescourt is a place divided by a transportation corridor, with very limited places to safely cross as a pedestrian. It is a road that limits contact between the residents east and west of the road. However, it does not appear to have an effect on the type of change we see in the images below.

Beerescourt Pop Change 01-13 beerescourt Age Change 01-13 Beerescourt Income Change 01-13

The mesh block census areas that show positive growth in population and income, and have also attracted younger people between the years 2001 and 2013 include the streets surrounding the high ground of Beerescourt Park on the river side of the Ulster/Te Rapa traffic stream, while on the west side of Ulster St / Te Rapa Rd we have the area around Beerescourt Bowling Cub and Beerescourt tennis club. Hobson Street (photo below), being tree-lined, has an additional attractiveness and desirability.

Hobson St

What makes this area dangerous is having the Ulster St/Te Rapa Rd transport corridor through the centre of it, with bus stops on both sides of the road (which is sensible) but safe crossing places a kilometre apart. There needs to be a change in priorities for pedestrian bus users, to allow people to cross to use the sister bus stop on the opposite side of the road. People naturally try to travel the shortest distance and will attempt to cross at convenient places, sometimes taking risks. This type of risk-taking behaviour is well-known to highway engineers, but often the remedial measures are missing for pedestrians, as discussed in the NZTA report. Safety Implications of Flush Medians in Auckland City: NZTA report 312

Page 80: Pedestrian crashes are likely to increase by about 31% if a flush median is installed on a four-lane road, unless other remedial measures are applied.
Page 35: Installing median islands at regular intervals along the flush median might mitigate this, but the question arises whether it is advisable to leave a gap in the island, which may encourage less mobile people to attempt to cross the road.

Ulster St Bus

Frankton Central Bus Route

It is important to remember that time spent on the bus represents only a portion of the experience for bus users. For the rest of the journey, public transport commuters are pedestrians. When looking at the location of bus stops, it is crucial that the public transport system, in terms of routes, interchange nodes and stops, is well connected to a high-quality pedestrian network. The bus stop identity should enhance a ‘sense of place’ indicating that you have arrived in an important place in the city, as in down-town Kassel.

Kassel KonigsplatzPedestrians should not feel cramped on a narrow footpath. If people have to crowd waiting for the bus, the footpath is blocked. The waiting situation ought to be pleasant, both for people waiting and those actively walking. Here a Bus bulb or Swedish heel stop (klackhllplats) combined with a Kassel kerb can give adequate space for both pedestrians and for people waiting to access their bus.

Victoria St Bump out Bus StopBus stops are centres of public life. People arriving at their destination will usually depart from that destination by using the bus stop on the opposite side of road. This means there is a need for safe pedestrian crossing supported, with safer speeds and good sight lines.

Frankton Central Bus Route

It is essential to arrive in an inviting and welcoming place. It should be easy to orientate yourself, and comfortable and safe to walk towards planned destinations. In addition, the bus stop itself should be pleasant and stimulating, with the surroundings feeling comfortable and incorporating passive surveillance from neighbouring properties.