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Ruha Street safety improvements trial

Thursday July 1 2021

People visiting He Ara Kotahi this weekend will be the first to trial new safety measures along the main gateway to the bridge.

Photo shows intesection of Ruha Street and Dittmer Drive viewed from He Ara Kotahi bridge.

As part of Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets programme, we’re trialling some methods to slow down vehicles on Ruha Street, and make it safer for pedestrians and people on bikes to access the main bridge.

Palmerston North City Council Chief Planning Officer, David Murphy, says since He Ara Kotahi opened and its enormous success, Ruha Street has become busier than ever predicted.

“We met with residents earlier in the year to discuss their concerns, and have come up with some temporary solutions that will benefit people visiting the river, and also lessen some impacts on the residents who live along Ruha Street.”

Two weeks ago, we installed line marking to outline parallel parking along the street. Having dedicated parking spaces means residents will no longer have issues getting in and out of their driveways, and will make it clear to motorists where to park.

Today, we’ve also started building out the kerb in two spaces, to give the appearance of a narrower street to encourage motorists to slow down and remember it is a shared space. Building out the kerbs will result in the loss of six parking spaces, but we are confident there are enough other spaces on nearby streets and the the main carpark.

The kerbs are being built out using native gardens edged with wood. This fits in with our Manawatū River Framework, which encourages natural infrastructure and native plants where possible around the river.

We’re also installing large slow down signs, and a wayfinder marker to direct people to the river.

Once established, we’ll be testing the speeds on Ruha Street to see if they’ve reduced.

Feedback on this trial is now closed.