Mangere West cycling improvements Mangere West cycling improvements

The Māngere West Cycling Improvements project aims to upgrade the cycling network in Māngere West and make it easier and safer to get around by bike.

Project status: Targeting consultation late 2022
Project zone: South

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Project overview

The Māngere West Cycling Improvements project is part of our Short-Term Auckland Airport Improvements (STAAI) programme, which incorporates:

  • the early construction of a bus and rail interchange at Puhinui,
  • revised bus services,
  • local bus priority measures,
  • a set of cycling measures for travelling around Māngere and Māngere Bridge to the Airport.

STAAI is a programme under the umbrella Southwest Gateway programme. It will create a well-connected, efficient transport system to provide travel choice and reliability for how people and freight travel around southwest and southeast Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, including to and from the airport.

A map showing the Mangere area, from Mangere bridge in the north to Auckland airport in the south. Onehunga Station, Otahuhu Station, Middlemore Station, Papatoetoe Station, and Puhinui station are also marked on the map. Existing cycle routes are marked on the map on green. A bridge between Onehunga and Mangere Bridge Village, which is under construction, is marked in yellow.

Many people travel from Māngere West and Māngere East to work in the neighbouring employment areas of Airport Oaks and Auckland Airport, the fastest growing employment zone in Aotearoa / New Zealand. Cycling improvements we proposed in 2020 sought to provide improved and continuous cycling connections between these areas by filling in key gaps in the existing cycle network. Providing these improvements sought to make cycling a more attractive and viable choice for those that wished to travel by bike.

In 2020, we consulted communities in Māngere West on the proposed cycling improvements. During this consultation, some groups within the community indicated they wanted more involvement in developing proposed cycling improvements. In response, we restarted the project in 2021 to work more closely with communities in Māngere and Māngere Bridge to develop options for cycling connections, so trips to work, schools and town centres are easier and safer by bike.

Project updates

February to May 2022

We held a series of collaborative design forums with community representatives, including business groups, community groups and residents online. This means people who are affected by the proposed cycling network through the area got a say on where cycle routes could be developed, including where street parking facilities are affected. The goal over the 4 sessions was to develop a concept for proposed cycling improvements that reflects the needs and wants of the community, while meeting our requirements.

Note: The COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing restrictions on gatherings and the way we engage with communities created further pressure on the collaborative design phase of this project. The forums were due to take place September 2021. Due to the Delta outbreak delivery was deferred to early 2022 as there was stakeholder preference to hold them in-person.

Subsequently, the Omicron variant arrived in the community early 2022. Due to the associated risks, there was a need to pivot delivery to an online platform without further delaying the project.

View the output of the four Collaboration Forum sessions:

July to August 2021

Working alongside an existing Māngere community group, the project team hosted a series of events to meet with community members to understand where they currently travelled around Māngere West, the places they would cycle if it were safe, and the barriers to cycling.

February 2021

We restarted the project as public feedback indicated communities in Māngere and Māngere Bridge wanted more involvement in developing cycling connections in the area.

November to December 2020

Public consultation on a package of 5 cycling links in Māngere West. Public feedback closed on 13 December 2020. Read the full report. (PDF 1.9MB, 79 pages)

Next steps

As the Collaboration Forum have been recently completed, we have not yet made a decision about the cycling routes that we will propose. The project team are in the process of assessing the community-developed Concept Design against the project objectives and testing technical feasibility and strategic fit with internal AT teams. 

Once this assessment is complete, there will be an opportunity for the wider community to provide feedback on the proposed cycling routes that are based on the community-developed Concept Design.

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