Pursuant to subclause 3.4(1) of Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004 (“Rule”) and a delegation from Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency), I, Hayley Evans, Senior Manager Systems Integrity, authorise the installation, maintenance and operation of extended yellow hatching, active warning signs and yellow internally illuminated pavement markers (IIMPs) at priority-controlled intersections:
- for the purpose described in Schedule 1;
- in the form and layout, set out in Schedule 2;
- at the locations stated in Schedule 3;
- for the period specified in Schedule 4; and
- subject to the conditions and an evaluation outlined in Schedule 5.
The extended yellow hatching, active warning signs and yellow internally illuminated pavement markers may be installed for the purpose of evaluating their use and the trial will be called the “motorcycle and cycle safety countermeasures at urban intersections trial”.
Schedule 1—Purpose of the Trial
The purpose of the trial is to:
- enable the installation of extended yellow hatching beyond intersection as defined in 10.6(2)(a) of the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004;
- enable the installation and operation of active LED warning signs with two symbols and flashing orange lights at a priority-controlled intersection;
- Enable the installation of yellow flashing warning IIPMs in the special vehicle lane at the approach to priority-controlled intersections;
- evaluate the effectiveness and safety of extended yellow hatching, to improve inter-visibility between vulnerable users in the special vehicle lane and right turning vehicles from the main road;
- evaluate the effectiveness of electronic active warning signs to provide advance warning of potential conflict; and
- evaluate the effectiveness of yellow flashing warning IIPMs in special vehicle lanes to warn turning motorists of the approach of vulnerable users in the special vehicle lane.
Schedule 2—Form and Layout of Extended Yellow Hatching, Active Warning Signs and Yellow IIPMs
- To be marked in the in the general traffic lane on the same side as the minor road.
- Must be marked in accordance with Traffic Control Devices (TCD) 2004, Schedule M4-2 “Keep clear cross-hatching”.
- The yellow hatching is to be provided through the intersection and out to 10m in advance of the intersection at all sites (Intersection as defined in Part 2; Definitions, of the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004).
- Where there is no pedestrian refuge island on the side road the yellow hatched box must be extended by five metres on the departure side of the intersection (Intersection as defined in Part 2; Definitions, of the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004). This is to allow for clear sight lines towards pedestrians when entering the side roads. If there is a pedestrian refuge island on the side road, there must be no extension of the yellow hatching on the departure of the intersection.
Example 1: Extended Yellow Hatching (Shown with Electronic Active Warning Sign and Yellow IIPMs)
Electronic Active Warning Signs:
Symbolic warning - Active LED
The legend is illuminated and the lights on the four corners flash when motorcyclists and cyclists are detected approaching the intersection in the special vehicle lane (bus lane) advising right turning motorists that motorcyclists or cyclists are approaching the intersection in the special vehicle lane(bus lane)
|Shape and size||Rectangle 700 x 1000mm|
|lights in each corner flash alternately (top left & bottom right) followed by, (top right & bottom left) when the sign is activated||Orange (lit)||60 cm2 effective|
|W16-7 ‘Cyclist’ symbol above||Yellow (lit)||size maximised without distortion to fit display area of 600 x 480 mm|
|Symbol ‘Motorcycle’||Yellow (lit)||size maximised without distortion to fit display area of 600 x 480 mm|
Example 2: Electronic Active Warning Sign
The active warning signs will operate as follows:
- When the active warning signs are in-active they will be blank.
- When a motorcyclist or cyclist is detected by the infrared camera 60m in advance of the intersection, the active warning sign, including the flashing lights in the four corners, is activated for eight seconds advising on-coming traffic in the right turning bay on the main road that motorcyclists or cyclists are approaching the intersection in the kerbside special vehicle lane.
Yellow Internally Illuminated Pavement Markers (IIMPs):
In conjunction with the electronic signage, yellow LED IIPMs will be placed to provide advanced warning of approaching motorcycles and cyclists travelling in the special vehicle lane (SVL) to road users who are intending to turn right. The placement of the IIPMs in the road pavement will be as shown in Example 1 above.
The yellow LED IIPMs will activate, remain on and deactivate for the same time as the electronic active warning sign operation as detailed above.
The Locations approved for the trial are:
|Road Controlling Authority||Location|
|Auckland Transport||Dominion Road and Bellwood Road intersection|
|Dominion Road and Ewington Road intersection|
|Dominion Road and Prospect Terrace intersection|
|Dominion Road and Burnley Terrace intersection|
|Dominion Road and King Edward Street intersection|
|Dominion Road and Grange Road intersection|
|Dominion Road and Paice Avenue intersection|
|Dominion Road and Milton Road intersection|
|Dominion Road and Wiremu Street intersection|
|Dominion Road and Rocklands Avenue intersection|
|Dominion road and Halston Road intersection|
|Dominion road and Tennyson Street Road intersection|
|Dominion road and Queens Avenue intersection|
|Dominion road and Kensington Avenue intersection|
The control locations approved for the trial are:
|Road Controlling Authority||Location|
|Auckland Transport||Dominion Road and Dexter Avenue intersection|
|Dominion Road and Mont le Grand intersection|
|Dominion Road and Telford Avenue intersection|
|Dominion Road and Carmen Avenue intersection|
Schedule 4—Period of Trial
The trial may begin following the publication of this notice and, unless terminated earlier, must end by 31 March 2023.
Schedule 5—Conditions of Evaluation
An evaluation and analysis must be undertaken as described in the trial application received from Auckland Transport in October 2019 and must be concluded by 31 March 2023. The evaluation must include:
- An assessment of road users’ recognition and understanding of the road marking, electronic warning signage and IIPMs as an advance warning device to improve the safety of motorcyclists and cyclists in bus lanes.
- The yellow hatched markings must be maintained or replaced as necessary throughout the trial so that they remain fit for purpose for as long as they are required.
- Analysis of road user movement, interaction and compliance as well as crashes within or related to the yellow keep clear cross hatching.
- Analysis of enforcement, conflicts and crashes at trial sites.
- Analysis of enforcement, conflicts and crashes at control sites which have the bus lanes with a similar road layout but without the trial devices.
- Analysis of costs, efficiency improvements and other benefits of the devices being trialled.
- A summary of feedback received from road users, residents and the public during the trial.
- A description of any operational or hardware issues which arose during the trial and how they were resolved.
- Recommendations for improvements or changes that should be made to the form and layout or operation of electronic warning sign, IIPMs and hatched markings.
- The evaluation and analysis are to be undertaken in staged phases, with an evaluation for the:
- completion of the hatched yellow road marking;
- hatched yellow road marking and completion of active electronic signage;
- hatched yellow road marking, active electronic signage and completion of Active internally illuminated pavement markers (IIMPs).
- An interim evaluation report must be sent to The Manager Network Safety by 31 March 2022 and a final report by 31 March 2023.
Signed at Wellington this 18th day of October 2021.
HAYLEY EVANS, Senior Manager Systems Integrity.