Here is some good news on the walkability front. Reader Luke C brought a problematic pedestrian signal timing issue to AT via Twitter and it was improved within a few days. Here is his account:
I saw the mass of students trying the cross the Symonds St crossing outside the engineering building. There were so many people the green phase was too short for everyone to cross, so when the traffic lights turned green people were still crossing the road. I thought this was not right at all, and worried someone would get runover. So I sent a tweet to Auckland Transport letting them know this.
The next day I got a Twitter DM saying they had logged it with their engineers. At lunchtime today I received a call from the Auckland Traffic Operations Centre asking me about this. I explained the issue a bit more fully to the guy on the phone, and he told me the red man was set to flash for 7 seconds once the green man had finished. However he could change that to 10 seconds, and would do that this afternoon! Sure enough half an hour later I went out at 1pm when the mass of students change classes, and sure enough the red light was now at 10 seconds! This seemed to be enough to help everyone clear in the allowable time. It is only a very small change, however very impressed what AT did in 3 days from a simple tweet!
As Luke admits this is a very modest improvement but it’s great to see how responsive The City was. With that said, here is another Piece of Cake project sheet identifying some other dodgy signal timings. The Piece of Cake series is designed to identify simple solutions to problems for pedestrian movement and accessibility around Auckland, and from now on we will make sure they get directly to @akltransport for consideration.