New Pedestrian Crossings - Broadway, SH3

FEEDBACK IS NOW CLOSED.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Elected Members will meet on Thursday 20 June at 10.30am to make a decision on the project moving forward.

You can view the Agenda for the Extraordinary Meeting online here.

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The pedestrian experience in-between the roundabouts on Broadway Stratford is soon to get a makeover with 2 new pedestrian crossings due to replace the existing single crossing.

Before the final reveal is set in tarmac, we're seeking feedback on the location of the new crossings.

Two options are being considered by Council when it makes a final decision later in June. These options are available to view on this page, and in person at council facilities until Sunday 16 June.

Please share your view on the options by completing our form below or via the quick poll. You can also discuss the options with other community members in our forum.

Alternatively you can email any comments to feedback@stratford.govt.nz

We'll provide updates to this page as the project progresses.


FEEDBACK IS NOW CLOSED.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Elected Members will meet on Thursday 20 June at 10.30am to make a decision on the project moving forward.

You can view the Agenda for the Extraordinary Meeting online here.

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The pedestrian experience in-between the roundabouts on Broadway Stratford is soon to get a makeover with 2 new pedestrian crossings due to replace the existing single crossing.

Before the final reveal is set in tarmac, we're seeking feedback on the location of the new crossings.

Two options are being considered by Council when it makes a final decision later in June. These options are available to view on this page, and in person at council facilities until Sunday 16 June.

Please share your view on the options by completing our form below or via the quick poll. You can also discuss the options with other community members in our forum.

Alternatively you can email any comments to feedback@stratford.govt.nz

We'll provide updates to this page as the project progresses.


  • Broadway statistics

    Reported incidents at the existing crossing

    We're getting a few queries about the incidents occurring in Broadway. The below shows Police reported incidents at the existing crossing.

    Please note this doesn’t include near misses, or incidents that don’t involve police.

    • 2 police reported crashes in the five year period 2019 to 2023 1 pedestrian (minor) and 1 bike (non injury)
    • 3 police reported crashes in the five year period 2014 – 2018. 1 mobility scooter (non-injury) 1 pedestrian serious injury and 1 car vs car nose to tail


    Pedestrian behaviour data

    Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust did some research on pedestrian activity on Broadway in 2023 to determine if people were using the crossing facilities available.

    Their findings can be viewed in this document.

  • Extraordinary meeting called

    In accordance with Standing Order 8.3 an Extraordinary Meeting has been called for Thursday 20 June at 10.30am for a decision to be made on the pedestrian crossings on Broadway/SH3.

    At this meeting Elected Members will review feedback received, discuss options and make a final decision. We'll share the agenda for this meeting on this page when it's available next week.

    All meetings are held in the Council Chambers, Miranda Street, Stratford and are open to the public.

  • Feedback received to date

    Hey Stratford! Wow, we love how passionate you are about Broadway between the roundabouts.

    We're getting lots of feedback talking about traffic lights as an alternative, loss of car parks and potential congestion. All valid questions and comments which Elected Members will discuss when they determine the final outcome later this month.


    If you're keen to see improvements to pedestrian access in the CBD, please use the feedback form to tell us which option you like best and leave any comments. Alternatively you can do our quick poll.

    Some of you are disappointed that there isn't a "disagree" option in the feedback form. Fair call! The purpose of that form is to understand the preference of the 2 options available to SDC within the scope of the funding provided by NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi.
    For those that aren't sure about this project at all, or would like to provide an alternative suggestion, a comment in the online forum or an email to feedback@stratford.govt.nz is the best way to do this.

    The team here will be sharing all feedback and comments included on YourSay.Stratford.govt.nz and via our email feedback@stratford.govt.nz with Elected Members early next week before they meet to make their final decision on Thursday 20 June.
  • Key details for each option

    Option 1

    • Northern crossing is located outside the TET King's Theatre on the western side of Broadway and outside Sinclair Electrical/Magnum Sports on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • Southern crossing is located outside the Hall of Remembrance, Municipal Building on the western side of Broadway and outside Cottage Lane on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • The impact on parking would be removal of 11 parks for the northern pedestrian crossing and 11 parks for the southern pedestrian crossing.
    • The existing crossing point at Regan Street roundabout will be removed but the existing pedestrian refuge at Fenton Street roundabout will be retained.
    • No stopping road markings will be applied to the Regan Street roundabout to stop traffic stacking at the pedestrian crossing and blocking the roundabout access for people travelling along Regan Street.


    Option 2

    • Northern crossing is located outside the TSB Bank on the western side of Broadway and outside Knit and Sew/KY Fast Food and Restaurant on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • Southern crossing is located outside Farmlands on the western side of Broadway and outside the old gym/Salvation Army Family Store building on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • The impact on parking would be removal of 9 parks for the northern pedestrian crossing and 13 parks for the southern pedestrian crossing.
    • The existing crossing point at Regan Street roundabout will be removed but the existing pedestrian refuge at Fenton Street roundabout will be retained.
    • No stopping road markings will be applied to the Regan Street roundabout to stop traffic stacking at the pedestrian crossing and blocking the roundabout access for people travelling along Regan Street.


    Option 3: It's possible to construct a combination of option 1 and 2 if this was more favourable to our community. See below for details.

    3(a) Northern crossing from option 1 with southern crossing from option 2

    • Northern crossing is located outside the TET King's Theatre on the western side of Broadway and outside Sinclair Electrical/Magnum Sports on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • Southern crossing is located outside Farmlands on the western side of Broadway and outside the old gym/Salvation Army Family Store building on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • The impact on parking would be removal of 11 parks for the northern pedestrian crossing and 13 parks for the southern pedestrian crossing.
    • The existing crossing point at Regan Street roundabout will be removed but the existing pedestrian refuge at Fenton Street roundabout will be retained.
    • No stopping road markings will be applied to the Regan Street roundabout to stop traffic stacking at the pedestrian crossing and blocking the roundabout access for people travelling along Regan Street.

    3(b) Northern crossing from option 2 with southern crossing from option 1

    • Northern crossing is located outside the TSB Bank on the western side of Broadway and outside Knit and Sew/KY Fast Food and Restaurant on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • Southern crossing is located outside the Hall of Remembrance, Municipal Building on the western side of Broadway and outside Cottage Lane on the eastern side of Broadway.
    • The impact on parking would be removal of 9 parks for the northern pedestrian crossing and 11 parks for the southern pedestrian crossing.
    • The existing crossing point at Regan Street roundabout will be removed but the existing pedestrian refuge at Fenton Street roundabout will be retained.
    • No stopping road markings will be applied to the Regan Street roundabout to stop traffic stacking at the pedestrian crossing and blocking the roundabout access for people travelling along Regan Street.
  • Safety features

    Here's some information about the improved safety features for the new pedestrian crossing designs:

    Built out kerbs:

    • Reduces crossing distance and therefore crossing time.

    • Improves safety of pedestrians because they are more visible to oncoming drivers and can view approaching traffic better.

    • Creates space for pedestrians to wait without blocking others walking past.

    • Physically prevents drivers from parking and blocking the crossing point.

    • Can help to slow vehicle speeds by narrowing the road.

    Median refuges:

    • Reduces crossing distance for pedestrians.

    • Simplifies the crossing task as pedestrians only need to find gap in one stream of traffic at a time.

    • Can considerably reduce delays to pedestrians.

    • Can help to slow vehicle speeds by narrowing the traffic lanes.

    Zebra Crossing:

    • Gives pedestrians priority resulting in minimal delays for pedestrians.

    • Are obvious as a place for pedestrians to cross.

    Tactile ground surface indicators:

    • Directional indicators give directional orientation to people who are blind or have low vision when other tactile or environmental cues such as the property line or kerb edge are either absent or give insufficient guidance.


    image of a pedestrian crossing design

  • Why are we doing this?

    Improvements to pedestrian access across SH3 in Stratford’s CBD has been on SDC’s wish list for some time and was identified as a key priority in its Connecting our Communities Strategy which was adopted last year. It coincides with plans to upgrade the town centre, Prospero Place, which is due to begin within the next 12 months.

    District Mayor, Neil Volzke says “The support from Waka Kotahi to make these improvements to pedestrian safety in Broadway is a welcomed relief. Difficulties with crossing SH3 in our CBD has been highlighted to us for many years, both from a pedestrian point of view as well as drivers.”

    “We’re excited to finally remedy this by providing 2 safer crossing points while removing the cause of confusion at the existing Glockenspiel crossing,” says Neil. “It hasn’t been a case of ‘to be or not to be’ for road users in Stratford, but a case of ‘to go or not to go’ when trying to figure out if someone is crossing the road or simply enjoying the view of the Glockenspiel’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet, playing 4 times a day.”

    “We want people to enjoy what Stratford has to offer, but we don’t want to cause further issues for those at the wheel or risk people’s safety. Both options proposed will fix that issue, but we need to understand from all travellers, whether they’re on foot, in a mobility scooter or in a truck and trailer, what option they think will provide the most benefit for improved pedestrian safety while catering to traffic flow through town.”

Page last updated: 17 Jun 2024, 05:39 PM