Mission Bay safety improvements are coming

Revised Mission Bay safety improvements are on their way.

In November last year, Aucklanders shared their views on Auckland Transport’s (AT’s) plans to make road safety improvements in Mission Bay.

Mission Bay town centre was prioritised for improvements due to the high numbers of vulnerable road users – children, senior citizens, people walking and people on bikes or motorcycles who interact with motorists.

This was the second time AT asked for feedback on a safety proposal through Mission Bay, as the first proposal out for feedback in 2019 was not well received.

AT then changed its approach – working collaboratively with the community on a new design before asking for feedback on it last year.

AT worked alongside community representatives - including the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents Association, the Mission Bay Business Association, the Ōrākei Local Board and the local councillor - to propose the new set of safety improvements that better reflect the community’s needs.

Ōrākei Local Board Chair, Scott Milne, says Mission Bay town centre is both a local and sub-regional destination, especially in the weekends. “It needed to be prioritised for safety work due to the high number of people walking, biking, skating and scooting.”

Auckland Councillor, Desley Simpson, says the new approach meant that AT worked alongside community representatives on the new set of safety improvements that better reflect the community’s needs.

AT’s Road Safety Engineering Manager, Michael Brown, says reducing speeds here to 30km/h has the greatest potential to reduce the chance of serious injuries and deaths occurring.

“The new proposal includes new raised tables, most of which will be zebra crossings, to support the new 30km/h speed limit.  Out of 865 responses, 76 per cent of people stated their support for the proposal with some suggesting further changes.”

After listening to all feedback, AT will proceed with the proposal and make the following main changes:

  • AT will construct a separated on-road cycleway (Option B) rather than widen the shared path on Tamaki Drive (Option A). Feedback overwhelmingly supported the separated cycleway option.
  • AT will improve the connection of the cycleway across the Patteson Avenue intersection, including reducing the speed of cyclists where possible conflicts with pedestrians exist, as suggested in feedback.
  • AT will make the short section of Selwyn Avenue around the island one way to improve the parking layout.
  • AT will review the parking layout on Marau Crescent as suggested in the feedback.
  • Feedback was less favourable towards moving the bus layover, which would have required building a roundabout at the Tamaki Drive and Atkin Avenue intersection. AT won’t proceed with moving the bus layover or constructing a roundabout.
  • AT will no longer adapt the footpath to shared use on the shops' side of Tamaki Drive to the west of Marau Crescent and will remove the on-road cycleway paint at the Selwyn Avenue and Marau Crescent intersections.
  • AT will add signage to encourage people walking to use the boardwalk and add new bike parking within the town centre.

AT will also investigate the following:

  • Following feedback for a speed reduction on Marau Crescent, Tamaki Drive, and Selwyn Avenue, AT will undertake traffic surveys to determine whether a speed limit extension would be beneficial. This would go to public consultation for further feedback.
  • Undertake a parking assessment for Atkin Avenue, between its intersections with Tagalad Road and Nihill Crescent, to see if more parking could be created.
  • Investigate whether any traffic slowing measures are appropriate for Nihil Crescent, Patteson Avenue and Marau Crescent since AT received requests for this.

Construction of the changes will begin in April 2022 and will be completed by October 2022.  AT will be in touch with residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.