Safer Intersection Curran/Sarsfield Sts

The Curran St/Sarsfield St intersection will become safer for pedestrians and cyclists as a result of new safety measures designed to reduce vehicle speed.

Feedback earlier this year on Auckland Transport’s Herne Bay Cycling and Walking Improvements Project indicated key concerns with the intersection:
• High traffic speed when approaching the intersection.
• Dangerous intersection for pedestrians and cyclists.
• No crossing facility from western Sarsfield Street to Pt Erin Park and Pt Erin Pool.
• No crossing facility on Curran Street near the intersection to provide safe access for children from Ponsonby Primary School.
Proposed design
• New speed tables on the eastern and western sides of Sarsfield Street to calm traffic and signal to drivers that they are entering a lower speed environment.
• A new shared path at the western corner of the intersection to provide a better connection to the existing shared path on Curran Street.
• New pedestrian refuge islands on Curran Street, located on the northern side of the intersection for pedestrians crossing between Sarsfield Street and Pt Erin Pool, and on the southern end of the intersection providing an additional crossing point for Ponsonby Primary School. The refuges are as wide as possible within the available road space to allow parents with prams, small groups of parents and children, people on bikes and wheelchairs to fit more comfortably. The islands also narrow the road to slow traffic approaching the intersection.
• Removing the right-turn bay on Curran Street into Sarsfield Street to accommodate the refuge islands.
AT had previously considered the inclusion of a cycle lane on the western side of Curran Street. Further investigation has revealed that there is not enough road space to accommodate a cycle lane and pedestrian refuge islands. The refuge islands are necessary for pedestrian safety and to slow traffic.
The new design subsequently includes a shared path, pram ramps, and footpath widening on the north-west end of Curran Street. Work is expected to start toward the end of 2017.

Image: Artist impression of the proposed changes.