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THE BARD RETURNS
Somes Island 15
The cost of safety
By AMY JACKMAN
Safety measures on the Golden Mile:
Hazard tape in Manners St, December 2010, $500.
Extra road markings, including the ''Look Right'' signs in Manners St,
December 2010, $2500.
Extra street furniture in Manners St, December 2010, $20,000.
Barriers near Te Aro Park, December 2010, $5000.
Driver speed feedback signs in Willis St, March 2011, $15,000.
Opus and GHD report on pedestrian safety, June 2012, $77,000.
Temporary barriers in Willis St, July till November 2012, $12,000.
Preparation for possible change to 20kmh, September 2012, $700.
Relocation of poster bollard in Willis St, September 2012, $2000.
Extra seating in Willis St, November 2012, $24,000.
Council spends up large for Golden Mile pedestrians
Wellington City Council has spent
more than $158,000 in two years
on pedestrian safety measures in
Manners and Willis streets.
Fourteen people have been hit
by buses since the Golden Mile
changes were completed in
Twelve of the accidents, includ-
ing one fatality, occurred on the
800-metre stretch from Manners
St down Willis St to Lambton
NZ Bus director Tim Brown suf-
fered multiple broken bones and a
punctured lung last July after
being hit by a bus.
Since 2007, 54 serious-injury
accidents and three fatal ped-
estrian accidents have occurred
along the Golden Mile.
The incidents caused the coun-
cil to implement safety measures
along Willis and Manners streets.
Figures obtained by The
Wellingtonian under the Official
Information Act show the safety
measures so far have cost
The council s manager of city
networks, Stavros Michael, said
money spent on safety was money
well spent and the high number of
pedestrians using the Golden Mile
meant the council constantly
reviewed the safety of the area.
At peak times there can be
about 70,000 people travelling
through that area, he said.
More changes are always going
to be on the cards. Sadly, some-
times it takes an incident for us to
be aware there s a problem in a
certain area. Then we will take a
reactive measure, like putting up
hazard tape or the barriers in Wil-
lis St, until we know exactly what
is going on and can fix it. People s
safety is important.
The temporary barriers
installed in Willis St last year cost
Some were moved by retailers
in October because they believed
the barriers curbed business.
When extra seating was
installed last November, the bar-
riers were removed.
The installation of driver speed
feedback signs, extra seating in
Willis St and the Opus and GHD
safety report were already plan-
ned, but were brought forward to
Street furniture made the street
safer by making pedestrians more
aware of the road, Mr Michael
People walking often do not
pay attention to their surround-
ings. They might be thinking
about where they re going or look-
ing at their phone, he said.
The points people seem to
remember are when they have to
move around something. The
seats attempt to create a point
where people have to think before
stepping on to the road.
Mr Michael said there had been
other changes that did not gener-
ate a cost.
They included changing the
timing of the traffic lights at the
Manners St/Willis St intersection.
Capturing the essence of summer fun
Adam Scott is one of the finalists
in our summer photo contest. He
spent part of his summer
holidays on Havelock Island in
the Andaman Islands, 1000km
off the coast of India, and
submitted this photo from his
This photo was taken about
4pm as my friend was dozing in
his hammock, he said. White
sand, warm water and great
diving; such a wonderful place.
Our holiday-snap photo
competition is now entering its
The prize is a $250 Fujifilm
Instant Photo fun pack,
including a Fuji Instax Mini
instant camera and photo paper.
We have whittled down the
flood of entries to 10 and would
like our readers to help choose
We are putting the 10 finalists
on our website --
thewellingtonian.co.nz -- and
asking readers to vote online for
their favourite by Tuesday,
We ll announce the winner in
next week s newspaper.
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