The addition of a new pedestrian crossing in North Rd could
still be three or four years away because of a lack of
feedback from the Northeast Valley community on the issue.
Last month the Dunedin City Council asked for feedback from
the Northeast Valley community about the possibility of
adding another crossing and where would be the best place.
Only nine submissions were made.
There are two pedestrian crossings in North Rd, one in front
of Dunedin North Intermediate and Sacred Heart School and the
other in front of North East Valley Normal School.
In the past two years the council has made improvements in
North Rd, including changing the phasing of traffic lights
and installing lights at the crossing in front of Dunedin
North Intermediate and Sacred Heart School.
Council transportation engineer Diana Munster was surprised
with the small number of submissions, given there had been
discussions about the safety of pedestrians crossing the road
for more than two years.
Because of the lack of response from residents, the council
would delay installing a new crossing.
With cycle lane improvements planned for 2016 and 2017, Ms
Munster said the council might wait until then so any new
crossing could be worked in with the improvements.
The council was still keen to hear from residents and
organisations about their concerns over the issue, she said.
Jonathan Rhodes Kindergarten teacher Fiona Owers said there
were concerns about parents and their children crossing North
Rd, particularly at 9am and 3pm, which were very busy times.
However, the council was right not to rush into putting in
another crossing until it had decided on the right place, she
Ross Home manager Margaret Pearce said the crossing issue on
North Rd north of North East Valley Normal School had been
discussed for about 10 years.
She supported the council's delaying any decision on an extra
crossing until the council was able to find a solution which
''We certainly would not like to see a crossing placed right
outside the home because of the effect it would have on