Making areas more people friendly
In light of Auckland Transport being given a few decent serves over their “priorities” around transportation the transport body is finally getting around to better roading designs to encourage walking and cycling. Auckland Transport have selected three areas to trial this approach through the 2018-2021 cycle. The three areas are:
- Mangere Bridge
- Mt Roskill
From Auckland Transport:
Over the next three years Auckland Transport will be working with communities around Papakura, Mt Roskill and Mangere Bridge on ways to make the areas better and safer for walking.
The three communities were selected for the programme through a thorough investigation process. AT looked at a range of factors including pedestrian crash rates and the amount of current good crossing facilities in communities around Auckland.
Between now and the end of the year AT will be talking to people in each of the communities where people may have concerns about walking.
The aim is to understand the opportunities available to create an environment where more people want to walk for their daily journeys. AT is also working with community groups and other stakeholders like Police to help establish the issues and opportunities.
Next year AT will go back to each community with a set of designs based on their feedback to make physical changes like introducing new crossings and physical changes to the road to slow traffic and make it safer to walk.
AT will seek funding from the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council, with construction and physical changes set to take place in 2019/20.
Auckland Transport’s Manager for Walking, Cycling and Road Safety Kathryn King says she is looking forward to the part local people will play in making the changes that will best serve them.
“As with all projects, we have to work within a set budget but starting from what the community tells us will mean that every dollar will go into designing and building changes around roads that will make a real difference to people.
“In recent years Auckland has become a more challenging place for people getting around on foot and these types of programmes seek to address that. People have the right to a safe walking environment and we hope that we can help to create that in these communities. Another great outcome of a more walkable community is the health benefits for people of being more active,” she says.
“It was a difficult task to narrow it down to only three communities when we had a long list of local places that need this kind of investigation and attention. We have chosen areas that have not had recent upgrades and where there are no current plans for other work that would mean these changes could be made.
“I encourage people living in each of the three communities to let us know, as specifically as possible, about the danger spots for them and their vision for safer walking in their community.”
People can get involved in the process through an online survey or attending an event where they can give face to face feedback. All of the details for each of the three communities are available on the AT website.
Through this programme, Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council plan to invest around $16.5 million over three years.
Continuing on from Auckland Transport:
AT’s Safer Communities programme uses a localised approach to make our roads safer and create more opportunities for active transport.
For our 2018-21 programme, we will be working with 3 communities to identify issues and solutions to make it safer and easier to get around by foot: Papakura, Mt Roskill, and Mangere Bridge.
Project status: Investigation
Project zone: Central/South
Target areas for 2018-21
Help us find out
- What physical improvements to the road environment would help more people walk around your local area.
- What changes we could make to improve the safety of walking around your local area.
- How we can make it easier for you to walk to important places like marae, local recreation centres, libraries, schools, and train stations.
In the later part of 2017 we will be in each of the 3 communities, talking to locals at events and at locations like train stations, libraries, schools, community centres, churches, supermarkets, and recreation centres.
We will also talk to the Local Board, Police, community leaders, mana whenua and mātāwaka.
Have your say
Complete our online survey before Thursday 30 November and go into the draw to receive a $200 PAK’nSAVE voucher.
Come and talk to us
Come along and talk to the Safer Communities team and give us your feedback. We will also have freepost forms so you can send us your thoughts and ideas.
|Wednesday 18th October, 11am-2pm||Papakura Library/Town Centre|
|Wednesday 18th October, 4-7pm||Papakura Train Station|
|Friday 20th October, 11am-2pm||Countdown Papakura, Averill St|
|Wednesday 25th October, 3.30-6m||Massey Park Aquatic Centre, Papakura|
|Thursday 26th October, 4-7pm||Papakura Train Station|
|Friday 27th October, 9am-12pm||Papakura Library/Town Centre|
|Saturday 28th October, 10am-1pm||Papakura Library/Town Centre|
|Monday 30th October, 8am-10.30am||Massey Park Aquatic Centre, Papakura|
What we will do with your feedback
We will use the feedback to come up with designs for how we can make the road environment safer and make it easier for people to walk around the local area.
This could include things like new pedestrian crossings, changes to the road to slow traffic, signage and road markings, and education.
We will work to seek funding for the projects from the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Council.
- October – December 2017: Community and stakeholder feedback.
- January – March 2018: Feedback analysis, engineering investigation, and planning to come up with proposals.
- March – September 2018: Initial designs presented to the local community.
- September 2018: Formal consultation on the plans.
- June 2019 – June 2020: Physical works.
- June 2020: Work with the communities to help them understand the changes and to encourage more walking, especially around schools.
How we selected the communities
We have used a thorough investigation process to select communities. The process looked at a large range of factors including:
- The location of schools.
- The location of community facilities like train stations and town centres, and the potential to get more people traveling around on foot between them.
- If the community has recently had upgrades or has upgrades planned.
- Areas that have higher than average crashes involving people walking.
- How many safe crossing facilities there already are in the area.
Outside the scope of the project
This project is about getting more people to walk around their community. It does not have scope to solve issues about:
- Bus shelters.
- Personal security.
- Footpath maintenance.
- Traffic congestion
- Public transport issues/ issues with routes/ HOP cards.
For more information about this project
Given the carnage on the roads and our urban areas just being plain ugly for people to walk about it is time to have a talk about speed limits.
Below is an opening extract of my column to the Manukau and Papakura Courier’s on speed limits:
Ben Ross: Should speed limits be dropped on our residential streets?
BEN ROSS – Last updated 15:32, October 12 2017
We all know the default speed limit inside urban Auckland is 50km/h for residential and commercial areas. But what if the 50km/h default speed limit was just too fast for some areas?
Auckland is growing both out and intensifying with another million people forecast to be here by 2032. The Auckland urban landscape is going to evolve with more terraced housing and walk up apartments in residential areas while the town centres will regenerate themselves into community spaces with cafes, retail and open spaces.
Consequently a serious rethink about how we treat roads and streets is going to be needed by the wider community right across Auckland.
Source: Manukau Courier
You can read the full column here: Ben Ross suggests having a 40km/h speed limit would make our residential streets safer.
About time Auckland Transport