Following the consultation over the Pirie Street bus tunnel and representations by local residents, WCC Councillors instructed officers to look at the possibility of putting a pedestrian crossing in Pirie Street to make it easier for school children to cross this increasingly busy road. Officers have proposed two possible alternatives, one close to the dairy near Porritt Avenue, and one halfway between Porritt Avenue and Brougham Street:
Option1: The new crossing near the Porritt Avenue intersection
Option 2: The new crossing between Porritt Ave and Brougham Street
The officers report notes that around 50 pedestrians per hour cross Pirie Street during peak times, with about 150-210 vehicle movements in the same period. This falls well short of the NZTA guidelines for installing a pedestrian crossing, but given the relentlessly anti-pedestrian biases of the NZ Transport Agency that’s hardly surprising. In our view, given that ratepayers on foot should have the same priority as ratepayers in cars, a pedestrian crossing is fully justified.
The other impact of a pedestrian crossing will be a reduction in the number of carparks in Pirie Street. However there are ample coupon parks that can be re-purposed in the immediate area as residents parks, so there should not be any negative impact on local residents.
The Mt Victoria Residents Association will be making submissions to the Council supporting the pedestrian crossing, and the Council welcomes feedback and input from anyone who has a view (positive or negative) about the proposed changes. You can make your thoughts known to Stuart Bullen from WCC on 04 803 8242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.