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Project background and concept

Auckland Transport is piloting a new approach to making streets around schools safer through a process of co-design with school communities. Safe School Streets’ vision is improved real and perceived safety of streets near school entrances for all road users, increased active travel to school, and reduced congestion on the network. Auckland Transport is working with six schools across Auckland to test out this new approach. The streets targeted by the project experience:

  • Driving behaviour outside schools that is often illegal and puts kids at risk.
  • Near misses that make walking and cycling feel unsafe.
  • Safety issues that are a key barrier to active school travel.
  • Driving behaviour outside schools that contributes to congestion and queueing, which impacts on other road users.
  • Parking behaviour that has not been changed by resource intensive ‘solutions’.

What was changed

Auckland Transport has worked with the wider school community to develop designs that make streets feel safer and easier for people to access on foot and bicycle. The projects began with a one-day popup event to gather feedback to inform interim designs. The projects are now testing interim designs that include:

  • Widening footpath and including a scooter/cycle lane
  • Slowing traffic speeds
  • Providing additional crossing facilities
  • Removing roadside parking during pick-up and drop-off
  • Supporting intensive promotion and behaviour change programme at each school

Results

The interim demonstrations have provided Auckland Transport with considerable learnings to inform permanent designs. The test period has included several iterative improvements that were made quickly and at low cost. The evaluation of the projects indicates that:

  • 88% of people were complying with the new parking arrangements.
  • 96% of people felt it would make the streets feel safer.

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