Crosby Road safety improvements

Closes 25 Jun 2021

Opened 26 May 2021

Overview

​Hamilton City Council is planning a safety improvement project for Crosby Road that will see changes being made to the look and feel of the neighbourhood. The improvements are designed to make it much safer for people who drive, walk or cycle on Crosby Road for access to their homes or for connecting from one part of the city to another.

The safety improvements will include:

  • traffic-calming measures
  • safe walkways
  • protected cycling paths.

As the Wairere Drive project nears completion in early 2022, there will be increased volumes of traffic along Crosby Road.  This makes it even more important that street safety is addressed – especially for people who walk and cycle and those with limited mobility.

These improvements will make Crosby Road more liveable and safer for everyone who lives there or uses the road.  

Speeds on Crosby Road are too high, endangering all users...

*  maximum speed recorded 135.8kph
*  on average, nearly 4000 vehicles are exceeding 62kph each week
*  on average, nearly 1300 vehicles are exceeding 68kph each week

Identified issues and project objectives

Why we are consulting

Council has developed three options and residents and road users are being invited to help determine which option works best for your street.

Option A - Two-Way Cycleway, Parking On One Side

  • Protected two-way cycleway along one side of the road
  • Concrete islands separating cyclists from traffic
  • Raised platforms at side roads to reduce vehicle speeds
  • Traffic calming treatments to narrow road and help reduce traffic speeds

Key Benefits

  • Two-way cycleways are wider allowing for safer cycling (overtaking)
  • Retains more parking including high demand areas (shops)
  • Two-way cycleway the first of its kind in Hamilton 

Limitations

To avoid crashes, heightened awareness is required from both cyclists and drivers due to cyclists travelling from both directions.

Option B - Two-Way Cycleway, Parking Both Sides

  • Protected two-way cycleway along one side of the road
  • Concrete islands separating cyclists from traffic
  • Raised platforms at side roads to reduce vehicle speeds
  • Parking on alternating side of street to help reduce traffic speeds 
  • Further traffic calming treatments to narrow road and help reduce traffic speeds

Key Benefits

  • Two-way cycleways are wider allowing for safer cycling (overtaking)
  • Retains more parking including high demand areas (shops)
  • Two-way cycleway the first of its kind in Hamilton 

Limitations

To avoid crashes, heightened awareness is required from both cyclists and drivers due to cyclists travelling from both directions.

Option C - One-Way Cycleway, Parking On One Side

  • Protected single-direction cycleways along both sides of the road
  • Concrete islands separating cyclists from traffic
  • Traffic calming treatments to narrow road and help reduce traffic speeds

Key Benefits

  • Single lane cycleways are more familiar to all road users
  • Reduced risk of head-on crashes between cyclists

Limitations

  • Narrower cycle lane than two-way so any obstructions or pedestrians in cycle lane require diverting cyclists into berm over short length
  • Less on-street parking
  • Road sweeping requires narrow road sweeper or manual sweeping

There is no preference at this stage and we want your feedback to guide this decision before construction begins.

Will these safety improvements impact car parking?

The safety improvements will lead to the loss of around 90 on-street car parks outside residential properties.   The actual number will be determined by the option that is selected.  Some indented parking bays may be added to reduce these impacts.

Additional overflow car parking is being investigated for events at Porritt Stadium.

The safety improvements will not affect the ability of Fire and Emergency NZ to respond to emergencies.

How can you find out more?

  • attending our community open day on 30 May from 2pm to 4pm. You will find us at the grassed area in front of Porritt Stadium
  • dropping into the Crosby Road Superette 1 June - 21 June
  • read the additional information - under Related section below

What is the timeframe?

Council is listening to community views from now until 25 June.

People in the local neighbourhood will be advised in early July of the preferred option.

A report will go to Council's Infrastructure Operations Committee with a recommendation based on the preferred option in August.

Construction will start late 2021/early 2022.

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