Improving Local Streets - Young Street, Parkside

A Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) study was undertaken in Parkside in 2017/18. A key recommendation of the study was creation of a ‘Driveway Entry’ at three intersections to discourage commuter ‘rat running’ traffic from using the area, whilst providing an opportunity for additional trees and other landscaping. The intersections are Jaffrey Street/Young Street, Stamford Street/Young Street, and Oxenbould Street/Young Street. Further information is available within the attached documents and below.


Background

The LATM study process involved analysis of traffic data and consultation with residents and business in the area in 2017. Based on the traffic data and 300 responses received, it was identified that reducing rat running traffic, speeding, and improving road safety around schools, were high priority outcomes for the area. Following endorsement of these recommendations by Council, the community were notified of the recommendations in September 2018.

The LATM identified that motorists use the local residential street network to avoid the Fullarton Road/Glen Osmond Road intersection and Glen Osmond Road/Greenhill Road intersection. This results in unnecessary traffic on streets surrounding Parkside Primary School during the school drop-off period when a high number of vulnerable pedestrians are present. In addition to this, it results in an inappropriate traffic volume on Kenilworth Road and Stamford Street, which accommodate 25-32% of their total daily traffic solely during the 8-9am period.

This amount of traffic can detract from the residential nature of the area, creating a noisy, car-dominated environment, where it is difficult to exit driveways and cross the road. This is also not conducive to children walking or riding to school (which we are actively encouraging through the installation of two new pedestrian crossings on Young Street and Robsart Street over the coming months). Our goal is therefore to reduce the amount of traffic that cuts through the area, creating a more pleasant and safer residential environment for Parkside residents.

Feedback from our community suggests that it is important to maintain access for residents and local businesses. We therefore considered measures that would discourage traffic whilst maintaining local access. With this in mind, we determined that a Driveway Entry at the intersections of Stamford Street, Oxenbould Street and Jaffrey Street with Young Street would achieve these goals, discouraging a portion of non-local traffic from cutting through the area, whilst maintaining access for local residents. The common route through to Greenhill Road is via Stamford Street, however, limiting measures to address one street would have the potential to impact other nearby streets, and it is therefore necessary to address these three streets consistently.


What is a ‘Driveway Entry’?
A Driveway Entry is a 20-30m section of road designed to look like a road closure, but with two-way access maintained via a narrow link, which resembles a private driveway. When located at an intersection, this discourages non-local traffic from entering as, from the perspective of a motorist on Young Street, the intersection would not be perceived as a route through to Greenhill Road. Access through the treatment by residents, waste collection vehicles, and emergency services will be maintained. Motorists will be required to slow and check if a vehicle is approaching the other end of the treatment prior to entering. Additional information, such as detailed traffic data and the treatment of individual intersections in the design package under Document Library.


Other elements of the designs include:

  • Providing approximately 50-80m^2 of additional landscaping at each of these intersections, including additional trees. A planting palette is provided in the attachment.
  • A raised plateau which will reduce traffic speeds and make the Young Street footpath more pedestrian friendly.
  • A stencil print pattern on the raised plateau, which introduces a subtle element of artwork into the treatment. This is however still subject to further consideration and approval processes.
  • A bench seat at each intersection to provide resting points, aligned with our Active Ageing Strategy.



A Driveway Entry is recognised in Australian Standards and State Government traffic guidelines as an effective traffic control device in discouraging short-cutting and through-traffic. However, as it is designed to discourage rather than prohibit access to these streets, it will only reduce the number of motorists cutting through the area, rather than eliminate the behaviour completely.


Loss of on-street parking
In order to reduce traffic volumes, provide additional landscaping, as well as an improved pedestrian environment, a loss of 2-5 parking spaces is required at each intersection. Observation suggests that at present, demand for parking adjacent Young Street is low. However, from the LATM we are aware that parking demand in the area is generally high. In April 2019 we are consulting with residents and businesses of Parkside to understand whether the current parking controls are meeting their needs.


Do you have feedback on the concept plans?

If you have any feedback on the concept plans or require any additional information, please contact us by email at pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au, or by phone on 8372 5111. It is envisaged that construction will occur in June 2019.

Yours sincerely


Hayden Scharnberg
Transport and Traffic Technical Officer

A Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) study was undertaken in Parkside in 2017/18. A key recommendation of the study was creation of a ‘Driveway Entry’ at three intersections to discourage commuter ‘rat running’ traffic from using the area, whilst providing an opportunity for additional trees and other landscaping. The intersections are Jaffrey Street/Young Street, Stamford Street/Young Street, and Oxenbould Street/Young Street. Further information is available within the attached documents and below.


Background

The LATM study process involved analysis of traffic data and consultation with residents and business in the area in 2017. Based on the traffic data and 300 responses received, it was identified that reducing rat running traffic, speeding, and improving road safety around schools, were high priority outcomes for the area. Following endorsement of these recommendations by Council, the community were notified of the recommendations in September 2018.

The LATM identified that motorists use the local residential street network to avoid the Fullarton Road/Glen Osmond Road intersection and Glen Osmond Road/Greenhill Road intersection. This results in unnecessary traffic on streets surrounding Parkside Primary School during the school drop-off period when a high number of vulnerable pedestrians are present. In addition to this, it results in an inappropriate traffic volume on Kenilworth Road and Stamford Street, which accommodate 25-32% of their total daily traffic solely during the 8-9am period.

This amount of traffic can detract from the residential nature of the area, creating a noisy, car-dominated environment, where it is difficult to exit driveways and cross the road. This is also not conducive to children walking or riding to school (which we are actively encouraging through the installation of two new pedestrian crossings on Young Street and Robsart Street over the coming months). Our goal is therefore to reduce the amount of traffic that cuts through the area, creating a more pleasant and safer residential environment for Parkside residents.

Feedback from our community suggests that it is important to maintain access for residents and local businesses. We therefore considered measures that would discourage traffic whilst maintaining local access. With this in mind, we determined that a Driveway Entry at the intersections of Stamford Street, Oxenbould Street and Jaffrey Street with Young Street would achieve these goals, discouraging a portion of non-local traffic from cutting through the area, whilst maintaining access for local residents. The common route through to Greenhill Road is via Stamford Street, however, limiting measures to address one street would have the potential to impact other nearby streets, and it is therefore necessary to address these three streets consistently.


What is a ‘Driveway Entry’?
A Driveway Entry is a 20-30m section of road designed to look like a road closure, but with two-way access maintained via a narrow link, which resembles a private driveway. When located at an intersection, this discourages non-local traffic from entering as, from the perspective of a motorist on Young Street, the intersection would not be perceived as a route through to Greenhill Road. Access through the treatment by residents, waste collection vehicles, and emergency services will be maintained. Motorists will be required to slow and check if a vehicle is approaching the other end of the treatment prior to entering. Additional information, such as detailed traffic data and the treatment of individual intersections in the design package under Document Library.


Other elements of the designs include:

  • Providing approximately 50-80m^2 of additional landscaping at each of these intersections, including additional trees. A planting palette is provided in the attachment.
  • A raised plateau which will reduce traffic speeds and make the Young Street footpath more pedestrian friendly.
  • A stencil print pattern on the raised plateau, which introduces a subtle element of artwork into the treatment. This is however still subject to further consideration and approval processes.
  • A bench seat at each intersection to provide resting points, aligned with our Active Ageing Strategy.



A Driveway Entry is recognised in Australian Standards and State Government traffic guidelines as an effective traffic control device in discouraging short-cutting and through-traffic. However, as it is designed to discourage rather than prohibit access to these streets, it will only reduce the number of motorists cutting through the area, rather than eliminate the behaviour completely.


Loss of on-street parking
In order to reduce traffic volumes, provide additional landscaping, as well as an improved pedestrian environment, a loss of 2-5 parking spaces is required at each intersection. Observation suggests that at present, demand for parking adjacent Young Street is low. However, from the LATM we are aware that parking demand in the area is generally high. In April 2019 we are consulting with residents and businesses of Parkside to understand whether the current parking controls are meeting their needs.


Do you have feedback on the concept plans?

If you have any feedback on the concept plans or require any additional information, please contact us by email at pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au, or by phone on 8372 5111. It is envisaged that construction will occur in June 2019.

Yours sincerely


Hayden Scharnberg
Transport and Traffic Technical Officer