Pedestrian crossing missing and desperately needed.

Reported in the Road/highway category anonymously at 15:49, Thu 22 September 2011

Sent to Auckland Transport 57 sec later.

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The main North Western pedestrian walkway crosses St Lukes Road at Western Springs. This main walkway gets a lot of use from both pedestrians and cyclists. At the moment, motorists get priority when using the free left turn on ramp to head West on the NW M-Way when approaching from the South, forcing pedestrians to "shoot the gap" in between cars to get across. This practice of car dodging is inherently dangerous, and exemplified by cars accelerating to motorway speeds prematurely. The red marker shows precicely where there should (used to be?) a crossing. There IS a pedestrian crossing on the off ramp heading West from the NW MWay. There have already been collisions at this exact location, and it will only be a matter of time before a pedestrian is seriously injured. (I hate being right about this stuff)

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From Auckland Transport: "The North Western Cycleway was originally designed with no crossing facility on the St Lukes motorway on-ramp due to higher than usual vehicle speeds and restricted visibility around the bend near the on-ramp. If vehicles were required to give way to pedestrians at the location in question, safety would be compromised. The appropriateness of the existing design layout is confirmed by the safe operation of the facility with no reported pedestrian or cyclist crashes due to restricted visibility and vehicle speeds. As you may appreciate, we are unable to analyse the causes and contributing factors behind crashes that have not been reported."

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