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The Tāmaki Makaurau Streets for People programme is working with local communities to design and test temporary or semi-permanent street changes in their area. These changes are geared towards making it easier for people to travel by walking, biking or wheeling.

Streets for People uses an ‘adaptive urbanism’ approach. This approach puts people first, designing and testing with the people who use the space rather than for them.

Compared to traditional transport projects, the changes will be low-cost and low-risk. This allows our project team to better understand the wants and needs of the local community before making any permanent changes.

Auckland Transport’s Tāmaki Makaurau Streets for People programme is a part of the national Streets for People programme led by Waka Kotahi. Auckland Transport was one of 13 successful applicants to this programme, which will fund projects in both Kelston-New Lynn and Māngere. You can learn more at the broader Streets for People programme page.

Proposed Concept Projects

We have worked with local partners, community champions and key stakeholders to identify projects that would benefit from the Streets for People approach. Current transport projects around Māngere also helped to shape this thinking. This led us to projects in two areas that would improve or fill a gap between larger current or planned infrastructure projects.

These are concept projects, which means they may shift and change as we continue to receive feedback from local communities.

Robertson Road

Early engagement with community partners highlighted a desire for better cycling access along the section of Robertson Road adjacent to Māngere Centre Park. Dedicated cycling space along this section would create a new connection between the existing bike lane along Bader Drive and a planned shared path through Māngere Centre Park. This placement would also give people a 3km loop of safe bike lanes to build confidence on their bikes. The project will also explore;

  • A temporary pump track to provide whānau with a fun, off-road space to gain confidence and bike skills.
  • Trial bike parking to enable safe and secure parking.
  • A series of local community events to encourage people to give the new features a try.

The pump track for this project will be funded as part of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Climate Emergency Response Fund.

Māngere Bridge Connection

Ngā Hau Māngere pedestrian bridge is already a popular route for those on bike and foot between Onehunga and the network of shared paths leading to the Ambury Farm area in Māngere Bridge. However, these shared paths do not offer a cycling link to Māngere Bridge Village.

This project will explore ways to trial the creation of dedicated space for people on bikes along Coronation Road. The connection will go from Ngā Hau Māngere pedestrian bridge to Māngere Bridge Village, finishing at the Church/Rimu Road roundabout. This new connection would encourage people on bikes to access Māngere Bridge Village by making it safer, easier to navigate, and more attractive to ride from Ngā Hau Māngere. The project will also explore;

  • A temporary pump track to provide whānau with a fun, off-road space to gain confidence and bike skills.
  • Trial bike parking to enable safe and secure parking.
  • A series of local community events to encourage people to give the new features a try.

Māngere Bridge Coronation Road – antisocial behaviour

Since the opening of the Ngā Hau Māngere Bridge in August 2022, there has been a pattern of overnight antisocial behaviour at the bridge – particularly over summer – that negatively impacts the local community. Auckland Transport, New Zealand Police, and the Māngere-Otahuhu Local Board are now working with local residents to deliver a trial that aims to reduce the occurrence of antisocial behaviour in the area. More information will be available soon regarding the measures to be trialled.

How can locals get involved?

Māngere Streets for People is a collaborative project.  As it progresses, there will be plenty of opportunities for local people to get involved and have their say.

We are currently starting the Collaboration Forum process.  This will bring together various community members with a range of perspectives and connections to local organisations, businesses and community groups.

This process may result in the installation of some temporary or semi-permanent street changes. Once these are live, we encourage you to participate by giving them a go on bike or foot and providing feedback to our project team. The resulting feedback will influence not just the trials themselves (which will shift and change throughout) but also the future of permanent cycling and walking infrastructure in Māngere.

You can also connect with our community partners, who will organise events, guided rides and other local activities throughout the project.

Get in touch with the project team at Streets4people@at.govt.nz for more information on getting involved in Māngere Streets for People.

The Streets for People Programme

The Streets for People programme is a national programme funded by Waka Kotahi which aims to make it easier and faster to create safer, healthier, and more people-friendly streets.

The programme creates opportunities for councils across New Zealand to partner with communities to accelerate street change projects (e.g. walking and cycling improvements, safe routes to school, and road safety). This will help Aotearoa to achieve its emissions reduction goals faster while creating vibrant, people-friendly places for thriving communities.

Learn more about the nationwide Streets for People programme on the Waka Kotahi website.

To receive updates, ask questions or get involved in the Māngere Streets for People project please email Streets4people@at.govt.nz