Auckland Transport

Te Ara Mua Future Streets project on its way to completion

Te Ara MuaChildren from Nga Iwi Primary School were among the first to use new walking and cycling paths in Māngere. The children were making use of the almost-complete Te Ara Mua Future Streets, a combination of shared paths and protected cycle lanes to and around the Māngere town centre.

The main improvements are protected cycle lanes on Mascot Ave and a new community trail that winds through the quiet roads of Windrush Ave and Pershore Place connecting Mascot Ave with the town centre. Massey Rd will also have improved pedestrian crossings, new plantings and the Māngere town centre will have improved connections and a new Pou totem.

The children walked, cycled and skateboarded along the new shared paths from the gates of their school on Mascot Ave to Māngere Town Centre, through to Windrush Close, past the playground through to Heyford Close and back onto Mascot Ave.

Delivered by Auckland Transport with partners, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the NZ Transport Agency, the project will transform the way people get around Māngere says AT Cycling and Walking manager Kathryn King.

“It is all about giving the community more options to get to schools, churches, local shops, parks and for recreation.

“People have been telling us that they will cycle and walk more often if they have safe routes to use. We are responding to that demand with this project which is already being used by local people. It will be officially open soon which is really exciting,” she says.

As part of the project a research team will be measuring the number of people walking and cycling in the area before and after the project is complete. The research findings will be used to understand the increase in physical activity as a result of Te Ara Mua Future Streets.

Auckland Transport is working with project partners Auckland Council and the Government through the NZ Transport Agency and the Urban Cycleways Programme on a $200m programme of cycle improvements from 2015 to 2018.

The project covers the following areas in Māngere:

Massey Road

  • Improved pedestrian crossings.
  • Planting and street improvements.

Town centre car park

  • Installation of wayfinding signage.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.
  • Planting and street tree improvements.

Mascot Avenue

  • Installation of wayfinding signage.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.
  • Dedicated cycle lanes.
  • Planting and street tree improvements.

Community trail

  • High amenity shared path.
  • Installation of wayfinding signage.
  • Planting and street tree improvements.
  • Reserve improvements.

Read more about the Te Ara Mua Future Streets project.