Category Archives: Walking

Dinsdale North land use

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Looking at two areas in Dinsdale North, one stretches along Whatawhata Rd. This area, with its wide road, offers the opportunity for a ribbon of mixed use where businesses could have customer car parking at the front door, something many retailers believe is the life-blood of their shop. Or maybe there could be a cycle path like the one in Salt Lake city, Utah –  Salt-Lake-city-street-removes-parking-adds-bike-lanes-and-sales-go-up

The second centres on the area including Aberdeen School, local shops and Waka Park. With all roads being 40km/h and a balanced amount of street calming, the risk of serious harm is low for people moving around the area.

Dinsdale North Land Use

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