30 days ago

Public feedback sought on low traffic area trial: Onehunga

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Aucklanders are being called to have their say about the new layout of the Arthur Grey low traffic area in Onehunga.

The people-friendly area will be trialled for the next two weeks.

It is designed to allow access to cars but stop them from using the location as a short-cut.

Trials have been taking place around Arthur St and Grey St in Onehunga, and Eastview Rd in Glen Innes as part of the national Innovating Streets for People pilot fund.

Local Board chair Chris Makoare said it was critical to get enough feedback to make the best decisions for communities.

He has urged members of the public to be patient and to complete the online survey on the stage 1 layout.

The board wants to know what residents think about the area being trialled, about road safety, traffic speeds and volumes.

Go to akhaveyoursay.nz

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5 days ago

Poll: Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.

Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.

A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.

Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.

He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.

AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.

While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.

“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”

“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”

He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.

“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.

To see video footage, go here:

www.stuff.co.nz...

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Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?
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11 hours ago

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1 day ago

Poll: David Bowie's China Girl, Geeling Ching, leads fight against $1m Auckland cycleway

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Central Leader

A high-profile Kiwi model who featured in a David Bowie music video is caught in a clash to prevent a cycleway being installed in Auckland’s Viaduct.

Auckland Transport has described its Project Wave cycleway trial as the “missing link” in the city centre cycling loop, running along Market Place, Customs Street West, and Lower Hobson Street.

But model, actress and restaurant manager Geeling Ching is among many residents and business owners opposing the million-dollar project.

Do you support the cycleway trial in Auckland Viaduct?

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David Bowie's China Girl, Geeling Ching, leads fight against $1m Auckland cycleway
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