Smiths Avenue, Papakura – Pedestrian Safety Improvements Smiths Avenue, Papakura – Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Proposal status: Closed

Reference number: 20100595

Proposal outcome

In November 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety on Smiths Avenue in Papakura. After reviewing all the feedback we received, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.

What happens next

We anticipate the changes will be constructed by mid 2023. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.

Community feedback

Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. We heard in the feedback that these changes would improve safety for the community, especially children, and would encourage more people to walk around and drive at lower speeds.

We're proposing improvements in your area

On behalf of Papakura Local Board, we are proposing to improve pedestrian safety outside Smiths Avenue Reserve in Papakura.

This project is funded by the Local Board Transport Capital Fund. This fund is used to make improvements based on community priorities, which may not be covered by other programmes of work. The proposed improvements would be delivered by Auckland Transport on behalf of your local board.

We are proposing to:

  • Install two speed bumps at 33 Smiths Avenue and 44 Smiths Avenue outside Smiths Avenue Reserve.
  • Install two kerb ramp crossings near the speed bumps. These are sloped sections of footpath that make it easier for people to move between the road and the footpath.
  • Install traffic islands by the kerb ramps. These are raised platforms in the road to help protect pedestrians and encourage safer speeds.
  • Install tactile pavers at all road crossing points. Tactile pavers are yellow guidance paving markers which help visually impaired people find their way to crossings and safely across roads.

Download the proposal drawing for Smiths Avenue (PDF 1.19MB)

The proposed changes aim to provide people a safe place to cross the road to access the park, especially to visit community events like Papakura Night Market. The park doesn’t have a main entrance or exit so we are proposing to install two speed bumps which would encourage lower speeds on this section of road. The two proposed kerb ramps would provide a smooth and safe transition from the footpath to the road, especially for people in wheelchairs or with prams.

Give your feedback for Smiths Avenue

What happens next

  • We’ll consider all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
  • We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
  • We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.

Papakura: Safe with us

Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around Smiths Avenue are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).