A quiet agenda but still things worth noting
Next week the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board will meet for its monthly meeting. You can read the web version of the agenda HERE.
The agenda is a quiet one but here are some highlights from the Transport section:
Auckland Transport – Update report for June 2015
File No.: CP2015/14309
- The purpose of this report is to respond to local board requests on transport-related matters and to provide information to Elected Members about Auckland Transport activities in the local board area.
- This report covers matters of specific applications and interest to the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board and its community, matters of general interest relating to Auckland Transport activities or the transport sector, and Auckland Transport media releases for the information of the Board and community.
That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:
a) receives the Auckland Transport Monthly report for June 2015.
Transport Capital Fund Project Update
- Please see attachment A for a full Transport Capital Fund financial breakdown. Below is a summary of the current projects and where they stand.
Hunters Corner Streetlight Upgrading
- The project to upgrade some street light poles and replace the existing lights with LEDs is currently in detailed design. The design will be presented to the board for final approval before construction begins. This will be constructed before the end of June 2016.
Old Papatoetoe Business District Footpath Upgrade
- The board has previously expressed a number of concerns about the footpaths in the retail area of Old Papatoetoe. In the June business meeting, the board agreed to upgrade the footpath as part of the Transport Capital Fund Programme. Currently Auckland Transport staff is working with Auckland Council’s Economic Development to ensure that the detailed design incorporates the boards economic objectives of this upgrade.
Otara Linkages Project
- The Otara Linkages project was completed and opened at the end of May, this was a great project that allowed a seamless connection from the Otara Bus Interchange through to the new walkway the connects to the town centre and MIT. The Transport Capital Fund helped ensure this was able to be completed.
Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP)
- Auckland Transport are presenting a cluster workshop for local boards in July to inform them of the project outcomes from the recent RLTP budget approved by the Governing Body in June. This workshop will include maintenance and capital works programmed for the Otara Papatoetoe area.
Cycleway Projects Completed
- Auckland Transport has been making improvements to the cycling infrastructure in the South Auckland area. This is part of the proposed Auckland Regional Cycle Network to provide increased travel choice, improve road safety awareness and make it easier for people to get around. The cycleway improvements at Puhinui Road/Bridge Street will be completed by the end of July.
Parking Design Changes for Manukau
- Auckland Transport’s Parking design team presented options for parking changes to Jack Conway Avenue and Ryan Place.
The current situation is that there are a number of complaints about on street parking in these streets. There has been enforcement done and the tickets also show that there are issues with people parking correctly, causing frustration with surrounding businesses.
Auckland Transport proposal is to implement paid parking in these streets to allow for flexibility to park at times that fit best with customer’s needs. Although time restrictions were considered they were also not the best options as experience shows that time restricted parking usually has increased infringement notices, as customers can go over the allotted time unwittingly.
Auckland Transport will be taking this proposal to the stakeholders in this area and will report back to the board on the outcome of this consultation. We acknowledge that the board are reluctant to support paid parking and have also asked Auckland Transport to have the community transport, travel planning team meet with business and educational institutions to develop better travel plans that may not require people to bring their vehicles.
- The Travelwise programme is an innovative schools-based programme that aims to improve road safety and achieve a reduction in the number of vehicles driving to and from school at peak times. It does this through encouraging and increasing alternative modes of travel, and providing safer facilities for all road users.
There are currently 408 schools on the Travelwise programme. At those schools Auckland Transport supports activities and events, helps with policies and systems, promotes road safety for children and drivers, offers scooter and cycle training, and runs Back to School and Slow Down promotions. Most of the schools have student groups who help with running the programme as well as a Lead Teacher who is the central point of contact for Auckland Transport.
Since its inception in 2005, Travelwise has achieved the following results:
- There are approximately 202,000 students involved in the programme
- 75% of all Auckland school aged students attend a Travelwise School
- Safe School Travel Plans have helped:
- Reduce car travel by taking 12,736 car trips off the road in the morning peak
- Save 2,596,000kms in car travel, about $20.35m a year on congestion, and about 150,000 litres of fuel
- Reduce CO2 emissions by 735 tonnes each year
- Improve safety around Auckland schools – crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists aged 5 to 13 have reduced by 58% at schools with Safe School Travel Plans.
Auckland Transport is currently working with schools in the Otara Papatoetoe area to join them to the Travelwise programme. In 2016 this programme will be extending in to local communities. Auckland Transport will be looking to the board to assist with ensuring community transport connect with community leaders, ensuring we reach the heart of the community.
Local Board views and implications
- The Board’s views will be incorporated during consultation on any proposed schemes
- All proposed schemes are subject to prioritization, funding and consultation
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Link provided above.
Also of note is that ATEED is moving Pasifika back to Western Springs (ATEED Cocks Up Again. Decides to Move Pasifika Back to Western Springs)
While I would love Pasifika to be permanently in South Auckland given the following comment on ATEED mishandling things again I am more inclined for South Auckland to set up their own independent event celebrating all the cultures and peoples of the South with NO ATEED involvement.
“Given the short notice and ATEED failing to coordinate with Auckland Transport for suitable public transport arrangements for this year’s Pasifika the festival despite lower numbers did well.” That’s pretty much it in a nutshell Ben.