'Tactical urbanism' in action on Sale Street
Auckland Council is currently trialling some temporary changes to encourage a safer pedestrian environment on the corner of Sale Street and Wellesley Street, as it has been identified as posing challenges to pedestrians - with vehicle slip lanes and wide pedestrian crossing points.
These improvements are an example of 'tactical urbanism' - quick, lower cost changes which will be monitored and amended as needed. This is similiar to the Federal Street temporary cycleway and the Shortland Street dots.
The temporary improvements include:
- Road narrowing / expanding the footpath space where Sale Street intersects with Wellesley Street by using planter boxes to extend the kerb
- Installing an accessible crossing with ramps and tactile indicators
- Installing two speed bumps and painting polka dots and paint patterns on the road to encourage safer vehicle speeds
- Trialling the removal of 19 public car parks near the intersection to enable these improvements.
What does this all translate to? Slower speeds, shorter pedestrian crossing distances, drivers slowing & stopping for pedestrians, more room for walking and added colour to increase safety & awareness.