2 September 2021
By email: [FYI request #16306 email]
Tēnā koe Rod Badcock
Request for Information – Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act
We refer to your official information request dated 5 August 2021 regarding pedestrian refuges
and kerb extensions that are currently being instal ed on Wainui Road.
The information you have requested is enclosed.
Hutt City Council was approached by Our Lady of the Rosary School on Wainui Road to
improve the pedestrian crossing facility outside their school. Consideration of all road users
was undertaken in the design and, as is often the case, judgement was required to resolve the
conflicting requirements of different users.
We believe we have achieved the objective of this investment, improved safety for children
crossing the road outside the school, without compromising the safety and functionality of
other road users.
To specifically answer the questions raised:
1. What risk assessment process, and results, have been made to ensure that risk is not
increased, but reduced, for people on bicycles? Response
: As there is no on-road cycle facility on Wainui Road, no cycle facility had
to be terminated to accommodate the pedestrian crossing improvement. It should also
be noted that along the entire length of Wainui Road there are kerb extensions with
mature trees which allow parking adjacent to them. When a vehicle is parked, the
available carriageway width for cyclists and vehicles is similar to that available at the
2. Why was cycle bypass behind the kerb extension not considered?
: While cycle bypasses behind a kerb extension can give a relatively safe
passage for cyclists, they also create a conflict risk with pedestrians.
In this instance a cycle bypass was considered but it proved impractical due to the
different levels between the road and footpath. As can be seen in the image below,
the camber of Wainui Road is significant close to the kerb. To create a cycle bypass
between the kerb and the extension would require significant reconstruction of Wainui
Road over a length of at least 150 m to enable safe passage and an acceptable
crossfall for cyclists. While adding significantly to the cost of this project it would also
require the removal of four mature Pohutukawa trees and this could not be justified.
3. Were the cycle advocacy or reference groups consulted?
Cycle advocacy or reference groups were not specifically consulted;
however cycle considerations are undertaken on all road designs.
4. Where can the full design and risk assessment of the current construction be
A documented risk assessment has not been undertaken; however the
design engineer did undertake consideration for all road users in the development of
this design, as mentioned previously. The full design is provided attached.
I trust this answers your specific questions and provides some insight into the decisions that
need to be made when designing a facility within an existing road.
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision.
Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz
freephone 0800 802 602.
Please note that this letter (with your personal details removed) may be published on the
Nāku noa, nā
Senior Traffic Engineer