Portobello School principal Shelley Wilde is fed up with a
lack of action on pedestrian safety outside the school.
• Broad Bay School
waits for walkway
She raised the issue at the Otago Peninsula Community Board
meeting last week, saying it would have been remedied by now
if the school was in the city.
Speaking to the Otago Daily Times yesterday she said
it had been hoped issues would be sorted out next year when
work on a shared walkway and a protected cycle path was
However, this was thrown into question when the council
called for consultation on what order to do the work under
the council's draft annual plan.
She hoped a meeting next week, which would include her,
council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema and other
community members, would ensure the work happened next year.
Road-widening work also needed to be extended past the
school, which was beyond Portobello township. Pupils had been
involved in ''near misses'' and the situation should not
''Depending on where they live in Portobello, some children
have to cross Harington Point Rd twice to actually get to
The situation was made worse by the school's lack of
visibility from the road.
Meanwhile, transportation engineer Susil Gunathilake and Mr
Minnema discussed at the board meeting a plan to install new
speed-limit signs as a way of reducing speed in the area.
Mr Gunathilake said larger ''threshold'' 50kmh signs, to be
installed in the 2014-15 year, resulted in increased driver
awareness they were in a residential environment.
The decision to go with ''threshold'' signs came after it was
shown other signage installed was not working.
The signs would cost about $6000.