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Auckland Transport (AT) in partnership with Mission Bay community representatives proposed changes to improve the connection between the beach and shops as well as make it safer to walk, bike, or drive around Mission Bay. 


Project status: Consultation - feedback closed Thursday, 3 December 2020. 30 km/h speed limit from 30 June 2021.
Project zone: Central.


Project overview

Mission Bay safety improvements artist impression.
Artists impression of the Mission Bay town centre improvements.

Last year we asked for feedback on safety improvements in Mission Bay. We heard feedback that our proposal didn’t reflect what the community wanted and have since spent the last 18 months listening closely about what is important to those who travel in and around Mission Bay.

We worked alongside community representatives including those from the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents Association, Mission Bay Business Association, Ōrākei Local Board and local Councillor Desley Simpson to shape a new proposal which we hope better reflects the needs of the community with consequently no loss of car parking. We would like your feedback on this new proposal.

We carefully considered the safety problem together, while thinking about what is important to businesses, residents, and visitors to Mission Bay. The new proposal is based on evidence where speed data, crash data, pedestrian surveys, and best practice in road safety are well considered. It also considers the extensive feedback and comments received from the community on the previous proposal and delivers solutions based on that feedback.

The improvements proposed include:

  • Three new raised pedestrian crossings to make it easier and safer for people to cross the road. One new crossing is proposed for Tamaki Drive near the fitness park, one on Atkin Avenue by Tamaki Drive and another on Patteson Avenue near Marau Crescent.
  • Two new speed tables and upgrading the existing crossing on Tamaki Drive by Atkin Avenue to a raised platform to encourage safe vehicle speeds on Tamaki Drive. These will be gentle bumps, much like the ones by Kelly Tarlton’s, so that vehicles travelling at the 30km/h limit (confirmed to be in place in June 2021) will have no problems.
  • A new cycleway on the beach side of Tamaki Drive so that people walking and biking will have their own dedicated space. We would like feedback on two different options:
    • Option A) Widen the existing shared path from 3 metres to 6 metres with a delineation between walking and cycling
    • Option B) A new 3 metre on-road cycleway beside the shared path, protected from traffic using separators
  • An option to move the bus layover stop for service #781 from Patteson Avenue in the town centre to Selwyn Avenue by extending the existing layover space. The Patteson Avenue layover would then become a loading zone instead. This could be an improvement for visitors with fewer buses waiting outside local businesses.
  • If the bus layover change goes ahead, then a roundabout would need to be built at the Tamaki Drive / Atkin Avenue intersection. This would enable buses to more easily travel to the new layover in-between each service (2 per hour) through Tagalad Road, Atkin Avenue, and Tamaki Drive to the Selwyn Avenue layover, then back along Tamaki Drive to Patteson Avenue to start the service again.
  • Remove the painted flush median and remark the road to make space for the widened shared path or on-road cycleway. This ensures carparking can be retained along both sides of Tamaki Drive.
  • Change a short section of the footpath on the shops side of Tamaki Drive to shared use from Marau Crescent (eastern end) to connect people on bikes with the new pedestrian/bike crossing proposed outside the park.
  • A new car parking area on Marau Crescent and amending parallel parking on Selwyn Avenue to angled.

Learn more about speed calming measures and their benefits.

We know car parks in Mission Bay are in high demand. This proposal has minor car park changes but overall there will be no loss of car parking.

The new traffic lane widths under this proposal is 3.5 metres which provides plenty of space for vehicles to manoeuvre and is no narrower than typical lanes.

Safer speeds

There will be safer speed limits implemented on some roads in the Mission Bay area from 30 June 2021.

These speed limit changes were consulted on as part of the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019. Auckland Transport is a Vision Zero region and has a goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on the region’s roads by 2050. Safer speeds are the most efficient and cost-effective way to do this.

Speed limits will be reduced to 30km/h on the roads included in the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019. For a full list of the roads changing from 50km/h to 30km/h from 30 June 2021, please see below.

STREET  DESCRIPTION 
Atkin Avenue  Between Tamaki Drive and 10m north of Marau Crescent. 
Patterson Avenue  Between Tamaki Drive and 20m north of Marau Crescent. 
Tamaki Drive  Between 20m west of Marau Crescent and 200m west of Atkin Avenue. 

Timeframe

The safer speed limits will come into effect from 30 June 2021. Find out more about why these changes are needed and how we're reducing speed limits. This speed change does not preclude further engineering measures in Mission Bay during this financial year, but we will keep the community fully informed about these.

Maps

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Mission Bay Safety improvements maps-1.

Mission Bay Safety improvements maps-2.

Download the Mission Bay town centre safety improvements maps (PDF 737KB).

Objectives

As a Vision Zero organisation, we are committed to making the roads around Auckland safer and reducing the risk of death or serious injuries on our roads. As part of this, we have a safe speeds programme for town centres where high-risk town centres have been identified around Auckland for speed reduction and other safety improvements.

Mission Bay is prioritised for improvements under this programme due to high numbers of vulnerable road users – children, senior citizens, people walking and people on bikes or motorcycles interacting with motorists. Reducing speeds here has the greatest potential to reduce the chance of serious injuries and deaths occurring. Every Aucklander deserves a safe transport network where no death or serious injury is acceptable.

The project will be partly funded by the regional fuel tax.

Benefits

  • Improved connection between the beach and shops as well as make it safer to walk, bike, or drive around Mission Bay.
  • The safety changes will make it easier and more enjoyable for people to walk or bike around Mission Bay with better crossing options and more dedicated space for people walking and biking.

Detailed design plans of proposed safety improvements

Proposed location of the safety improvements, shown in detailed plans:


Additional information

The reason Mission Bay needs safety improvements

As a Vision Zero organisation, we are committed to making the roads around Auckland safer and reducing the risk of death or serious injuries on our roads. As part of this, we have a safe speeds programme for town centres where high-risk town centres have been identified around Auckland for speed reduction and other safety improvements.

Mission Bay town centre is prioritised for improvements under this programme due to high numbers of vulnerable road users – children, senior citizens, people walking and people on bikes or motorcycles interacting with motorists. Reducing speeds here has the greatest potential to reduce the chance of serious injuries and deaths occurring. Every Aucklander deserves a safe transport network where no death or serious injury is acceptable.
Mission Bay town centre has also seen high numbers of crashes. Within a 5-year period (2013 – 2017) there have been 45 reported crash incidents within the Mission Bay town centre area, of which resulted in 15 persons being injured. Since then, 2018-2019 also saw a further 14 reported crashes with 7 people being injured as a result.

The increase in road trauma is both a transport and public health issue for the region with significant economic costs. More importantly, the after-effects of road trauma on victims’ whānau, friends and community are devastating.

Why AT are looking at these changes if the speed limit will be reduced to 30km/h

The proposed safety improvements complement a slower speed limit and have more benefits over and above encouraging safer vehicle speeds. These benefits include:

A new dedicated cycleway with more space for people walking and biking
reduce vehicle speeds to survivable levels.
make the streets safer for pedestrians.
provide a safer environment for children, elderly and other vulnerable road users to cross roads

What speeds are vehicles doing in Mission Bay

Surveys taken in 2017 show vehicle speeds averaging 41.5km/h on Tamaki Drive in Mission Bay.

How is this proposal different to the proposal AT asked for feedback on last year

We consulted on a proposal in April 2019 which had 9 new raised crossings through the village and would have required the removal of 34 car parks.

After listening closely to public feedback, we commenced a working group with community representatives to come up with a new proposal that better met the needs of the Mission Bay community while improving safety.

The new proposal includes an option for a widened shared path or new on-road cycleway, three new raised pedestrian crossings, two new speed tables, and some small bus layover changes. This proposal has minor car park changes but overall there will be no loss of car parking. If the changes go ahead, it will improve the connection between the beach and shops as well as make it safer to walk, bike, or drive around Mission Bay.

Will the existing pedestrian crossings be affected

This proposal includes an upgrade to the existing crossing on Tamaki Drive by Atkin Avenue to a raised platform to encourage safe vehicle speeds.

If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to attend our drop-in sessions to speak to the project team and community representatives in person.


Public consultation

Listening to what you have to say is important to us. Your local knowledge can help us make better decisions, so together we can achieve the best outcomes for your neighbourhood.

Feedback closed Thursday, 3 December 2020.

Next steps

We’ll listen to all the feedback we receive, and together with your community representatives decide the best way to move forward.

  • If you provided your email or address with your feedback we will share the outcome with you.
  • Should the proposal go ahead, it will likely start construction early next year. We will work closely with community representatives to make sure traffic and noise are well managed.
  • A new 30km/h speed limit will also be introduced in Mission Bay in June 2021 which will compliment these proposed changes.

Original proposal - April 2019

We are making changes to roads in Mission Bay town centre in order to improve safety and accessibility for all road users, especially vulnerable road users. Vulnerable road users include children, senior citizens, people on motorbikes, people walking and cycling.

80% of all road deaths and serious injuries occur on 50km/h local urban roads. Nearly half of those deaths and injuries involve vulnerable road users. AT is committed to making the roads safer for all road users and these changes will help achieve this.

Within the last 5 years (2013 – 2017) there have been 46 reported crash incidents within the Mission Bay town centre area, which resulted in 14 people being injured. We know many more remain unreported and it is likely much higher in reality.

The project will be partly funded by the regional fuel tax.

Artists impression of the Tamaki Drive and Marau Crescent intersection
Caption: Artists impression of the Tamaki Drive and Marau Crescent intersection.

Proposed improvements

The improvements proposed include:

  • Nine new raised zebra crossings within the town centre. See map below for specific locations proposed.
  • A new roundabout at the Tamaki Drive and Marau Crescent intersection.
  • Improved shared path facilities and planted areas connecting the Tamaki Drive/ Selwyn Avenue intersection and Tamaki Drive/ Marau Crescent intersection.
  • Removal of the flush median and widened shared path facilities on Tamaki Drive between Atkin Avenue and Selwyn Avenue.
  • Intersection improvements on Patterson Avenue and Marau Crescent.
  • Removing 34 public car park spaces on and surrounding Tamaki Drive to make room for the new pedestrian crossings. See below map for specific locations proposed.

Learn more about speed calming measures and their benefits.

Mission Bay Speed Calming 2.5k-2

Download the map for Mission Bay town centre safety improvements (PDF 545KB).

Detailed design plans of proposed town centre safety improvements

Proposed location of the town centre safety improvements, shown in detailed plans:

Timeframe

‘Construction of the proposed changes is likely to take place during mid to late 2019.

These improvements are part of AT's commitment to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 60% over the next 10 years. 

Find out more about why these changes are needed and how we're reducing speed limits.


Public consultation


Feedback is closed 30 April 2019.

Public feedback report

Next steps

We will analyse all of the feedback and use it to help refine the proposal. Your local insights will help us make an informed decision to make your streets safer for everyone.

We will prepare a report on the feedback received and any changes made to the proposal, which will be published online. If you provided your contact details when giving us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.

We are also advancing a working group to further discuss improvements to the proposal with Ōrākei Local Board, local Councillor, Residents Association, and Business Association representation.

We appreciate your patience while we undertake this process.

Because of the level of interest in this matter AT has undertaken to come back to the community with a revised proposal.

AT may introduce a 30km/h speed limit to Mission Bay town centre in future as part of a wider speed management programme. This would mean in addition to the above changes we would also add ‘30’ surface markings on the road to advise drivers of the reduced limit. Consultation on this proposed new bylaw took place in March 2019. Find out more information about the safer speeds programme.

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