Road changes not working: residents

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Mosgiel residents say trial road changes to make the school run safer for local children are not working.

The feedback came in a public consultation report due to be tabled at a meeting of the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board tomorrow.

Trial safety measures were part of the Mosgiel-Taieri Safer School Streets project, and had been installed in two stages, stage one installed in October last year and stage two in February.

The measures included new crossings, improvements to existing crossings and temporary kerb build-outs.

The community board sought public submissions in March and April to find out what the locals thought of the changes.

The majority of respondents gave a thumbs down to the effectiveness on the changes.

Some 59.2% said the changes had not improved safety and 37.2% said safety was improved, with 3.6% not responding to the question.

Kerb build-outs, bollards and planter boxes placed on certain crossings came in for specific criticism, with some submitters saying they made them more dangerous for cyclists to navigate.

Some school pupils reported having nearly fallen off their bicycles at built-out kerbs.

There was strong support for lowering speed limits in the vicinity of schools, with 74.9% of all respondents in favour, and 92.4% of parents wanting the slower speeds.

More infrastructure for cycling and scooter use was also popular, with 66.4% supporting the proposal.

The Safer School Streets project was run jointly between the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board, the Dunedin City Council and local schools.



They're not supposed to work. They're designed to drive people out of their vehicles in frustration.

Hammer, nail, head......

At least they HAVE a Community Board. Central Dunedin residents don't.



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