People friendly streets on the way

Publish Date : 05 Dec 2023

Māngere streets are a step closer to being people friendly.

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board has endorsed the Māngere Streets for People project to the implementation stage, with monitoring and evaluation to follow.

Board chair Tauanu'u Nanai Nick Bakulich says Auckland Transport is progressing trial projects in Māngere through the Waka Kotahi Streets for People programme.

“These projects aim to use new ways of working with communities to inform, design, build, adapt, and activate infrastructure that gets more people walking and cycling,” he says.

AT has been investigating two projects - Coronation Road from Nga Hau Māngere to Māngere Bridge Village; and Robertson Road in front of Māngere Centre Park.

“That has seen meetings with local people, community groups and mana whenua joining Board representation to help design the infrastructure and guide the team on ways to promote and active the projects.

“That has got right into the detail, down to opportunities to locate portable pump tracks and cycle parking.

“AT is ready to move the two trial projects from the collaborative design phase to implementation and we’re pleased to endorse that, especially given the approach to community collaboration and engagement that’s been taken.”

Bakulich says AT will monitor the project to report back on success measures that will influence the decision to move to a final solution – making the trial permanent with any required changes, or removing some or all of the project.

Under Streets for People, 13 councils across the country are working on 19 projects that will make it safer, easier, and more attractive for people to walk, ride bikes or scooters, and take public transport, and to improve road safety and routes to schools.

All of the projects involve low-cost, scalable improvements that help create safe, people-friendly spaces.

Māngere was selected as a location because of significant investment proposed through the Māngere West Cycling Improvements and Māngere East Cycling Investment over the next six years.

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