Pedestrians will not be dancing across
Dunedin's intersections anytime soon, after Dunedin City
Council staff baulked at the cost.
Council staff had been asked to consider converting six
signal-controlled intersections along Princes and George Sts
to Barnes Dance crossings.
Barnes Dance crossings stopped all vehicles and allowed
pedestrians to cross in any direction instead, and calls to
investigate the idea had come from two speakers at a recent
council public forum.
However, council strategy and development general manager Sue
Bidrose said staff had investigated the idea several years
ago, and concluded traffic congestion that resulted would
make the main streets "unworkable".
"At the moment you have two phases for each set of traffic
lights . . . once you get a Barnes Dance you have a
three-phase set of lights.
"It holds up the traffic quite markedly."
Cost was also an issue, with a "back of an envelope" estimate
suggesting it would cost $80,000 to conduct a new detailed
investigation of the idea, including traffic modelling work,
It would also cost a further $20,000 to change markings and
signal phases at each intersection, she said.
That meant the total cost could rise to $200,000, if six
major intersections were changed between Cargills Corner, in
South Dunedin, along Princes St and George St, to the Pitt St
intersection, she said.
"Nobody would do that because it would be a waste of money,"
Instead, council staff would consider possible improvement
options - including a Barnes Dance crossing - for Cargills
Corner over the next few months, as part of South Dunedin
revitalisation work, she said.
Options for other central city intersections would be
considered as council staff looked at various ways of
improving inner city traffic flows, as part of work on a new
central city strategy already under way, she said.
That project would continue for the next few years,
identifying short and long-term projects, but it was not yet
clear when Barnes Dances would be considered, council city
development manager Anna Johnson said.