A better future for Māngere was celebrated recently, at the formal opening of Te Ara Mua – Future Streets on Friday 7 July.
In the last four years, there has been a $10.4 million investment into making the streets safer in Māngere, especially for people walking and cycling.
The project, which was a partnership between the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, Auckland Transport, NZ Transport Agency and a research team funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, includes improvements to streets, pathways, crossings and providing access to the Māngere Town Centre and schools.
There are now separated cycle lanes for the full length on both sides of Mascot Ave, including raised pedestrian crossings to calm traffic and reduce speeds near Nga Iwi School and the town centre.
Paving the way for safer, healthier communities
When the project began in 2014, Māngere Central ranked 4th out 275 Auckland communities for fatal and serious crashes. Twenty-six percent of all crashes involved pedestrians, the total social costs of these incidents in Māngere Central was around $18 million.
Mayor Phil Goff says, “Future Streets shows how streets can be designed to meet the needs of all road users, and contributes to safer and healthier communities.
“I want to congratulate the local board for its vision and perseverance in creating a safer Māngere neighbourhood.”
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene says the project is an important part of the local board’s wider vision to improve safety around its town centres and to encourage other modes of transport.
“For example, some parts of Future Streets are designed to help slow down vehicles and as an area with a high crash record, that is really important,” she says.
“But it’s also about challenging and encouraging people to think about other ways to get around, and that can happen with better links that allow people to walk, cycle or take public transport rather than sit in gridlock.”
For more information about Te Ara Mua – Future Streets visit Auckland Transport.