Red stripes causing locals’ road rage

Red stripes causing locals’ road rage

Coloured-Ped-CrossingLarge red road stripes – which are called ‘threshold treatments’ and are designed as a signal to truck drivers and motorists that they are crossing a ‘threshold’ into a residential quiet zone – have created outrage amongst Auckland residents in Balmoral and Sandringham.

According to Stuff, the thick horizontal lines have appeared on numerous side streets in Sandringham and Balmoral bordering arterial route Dominion Road, creating confusion amongst residents and motorists, as there has been a delay in the explanation of their purpose.

More than 31 intersections in side streets surrounding Dominion Road will have the red painted lines in place by mid-December when the overall quiet zone upgrade is due to be completed.

However without the “Slow zone” signage designed to accompany the painted lines, which has been delayed by a month due to construction hiccups, residents have been left red faced and confused.

“I think its alarming. The lines are totally unnecessary. They’re meant to calm traffic but red is not a very good calming colour,” Liz, a Mount Eden resident, told Stuff.

“The council are treating drivers as if they were stupid and do not know how to read stop signs,” she says.

Dominion Road Superette owner Sam Patel says he is also unconvinced that people would change their behaviour based on painted lines.

“After a while I think people will get used to it and ignore it.”

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