AT's Safer Communities programme uses a localised approach to make our roads safer and create more opportunities for active transport.
For our 2018-21 programme, we worked with 3 communities to identify issues and solutions to make it safer and easier to get around by foot: Papakura, Mt Roskill, and Mangere Bridge. Feedback has now closed on this programme.
Project status: Investigation
Project zone: Central/South
Target areas for 2018-21
We wanted to find out
- 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.
In Novmeber 2017 we worked with 3 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.
Feedback has now closed on the Safer communities programme for Papakura, Mt Roskill, and Mangere Bridge. We are now collating the information and preparing a report. If you provided your contact details when you gave us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.
We will use the feedback to come up with designs for how we can make the road environment safer and make it easier for people to walk around the local area.
This could include things like new pedestrian crossings, changes to the road to slow traffic, signage and road markings, and education.
We will work to seek 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.
- June 2019 - June 2020: Physical works.
- June 2020: Work with the communities to help them understand the changes and to encourage more walking, especially around schools.
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.
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.
- Footpath maintenance.
- Traffic congestion
- Public transport issues/ issues with routes/ HOP cards.