Safe communities programme Safe communities programme

AT's Safe Communities programme uses a localised approach to make our roads safer and create more opportunities for active transport. For this programme, we worked alongside three communities to identify issues and solutions to make it safer and easier to get around by foot: Mt Roskill, Māngere Bridge and Papakura.

Project status: Implementation
Project zone: Central/South

Community feedback

Mt Roskill

Safe communities Mt Roskill public feedback report – November 2018

Find out more about Mt Roskill

Māngere Bridge

Safe communities Māngere Bridge public feedback report – November 2018

Find out more about Māngere Bridge 


Safe Communities Papakura public feedback report - December 2018

Find out more about Papakura

How we selected the communities

We used a thorough investigation process to select communities. The process looked at a large range of factors including:

  • The location of schools.
  • The location of community facilities like train stations and town centres, and the potential to get more people traveling around on foot between them.
  • If the community has recently had upgrades or has upgrades planned.
  • Areas that have higher than average crashes involving people walking.
  • How many safe crossing facilities there already are in the area.

Initial engagement

Working together

Back in November 2017 we worked with each of the communities, talking to locals at events and at locations like train stations, libraries, schools, community centres, churches, supermarkets, and recreation centres. We also talked to the Local Board, Police, community leaders, mana whenua and mātāwaka.

We asked people to tell us about:

  • What physical improvements to the road environment would help more people walk around your local area.
  • What changes we could make to improve the safety of walking around your local area.
  • How we can make it easier for you to walk to important places like marae, local recreation centres, libraries, schools, and train stations.

We used the feedback you gave us in 2017 to come up with plans of what we could do to make it safer and easier to walk around. We then asked you to tell us what you think of the draft plans before we started the detailed design stage. We also produced reports about what you told us. We then sought funding for the projects from the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Council.


  • October - December 2017: Community and stakeholder feedback.
  • January - March 2018: Feedback analysis, engineering investigation, and planning to come up with proposals.
  • March - September 2018: Initial designs presented to the local community.
  • September 2018: Formal consultation on the plans.
  • March 2019 : Physical works begin working closely with local communities to help them understand the changes and to encourage more walking, especially around schools.

Outside the scope of the project

This project is about getting more people to walk around their community. It does not have scope to solve issues about:

  • Bus shelters
  • Personal security
  • Crime
  • Footpath maintenance
  • Traffic congestion
  • Public transport issues/issues with routes/HOP cards

Contact Auckland Transport for more information about this project.