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Courtesy crossing trial in progress

Tuesday, April 6, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: traffic, walking, safety

Waimakariri District Council media release: 1st April 2021

You may have noticed that we are trialling some guidance for pedestrians on some of our courtesy crossings in Kaiapoi and Rangiora. Following feedback from the community, the Council have looked at ways we can help everyone to stay safe on our roads.

Courtesy Crossing Safety Measures - Check Before you Step.In Kaiapoi you'll notice the wording “check before you step” at the intersection of Charles Street and Williams Street, and at the Raven Quay/William Street intersection.

There are also two locations in Rangiora:

  • the raised crossing at Kippenberger Avenue and East Belt; and
  • the High Street and Albert Street intersection.

These particular crossings were chosen for the trial as they have a lot of foot traffic crossing busy roads.

Two courtesy crossings in Rangiora have also been converted to pedestrian crossings. The two busy crossings that have been upgraded are on Percival Street and Victoria Street.

The road code gives very clear advice and it is up to all road users to pay attention to what’s going on around them. On average, 36 pedestrians are killed and 1000 pedestrians are injured on New Zealand roads every year. Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented if everyone took more care.

This is a good opportunity to clear up some of the confusion about the different crossings we have in the District and what pedestrians and drivers should do at each type of crossing.

Pedestrians are our most vulnerable road users. Courtesy crossings rely on the courtesy of both drivers and pedestrians to negotiate who gives way. If you see someone wanting to cross, slow down, and if it’s safe, stop and let them cross. It’s a nice thing to do.

About Courtesy Crossings

This is a raised crossing on a road that is sometimes patterned, coloured or paved. Raised islands in the middle of the road without stripes are also courtesy crossings. They are intended to make crossing easier for pedestrians. But drivers are not required to stop. Pedestrians do not have the right of way on these types of crossings.

Drivers: It’s all in the name - be courteous to pedestrians.

Pedestrians:

  • Don’t always expect drivers to stop for you as they are not obliged to stop at these crossings.
  • Make eye contact with the driver before you cross - to ensure they have seen you.

About Pedestrian Crossings

This is a dedicated crossing with striped lines, with black and white poles on both sides of the road and orange discs or lights. Drivers are required to stop at pedestrian crossings if pedestrians are waiting to cross.

Drivers:

  • Slow down and be ready to stop. This includes when people are waiting to use the crossing
  • If there is no raised traffic island in the middle of the crossing: Stop and give way to pedestrians on any part of the crossing
  • If there is a raised traffic island in the middle of the crossing: Stop and give way to pedestrians on your half of the road

Pedestrians:

  • If you’re within 20m of a pedestrian crossing you must use it to cross the road.
  • Avoid stepping out suddenly if vehicles are close to the crossing.