Our friends at MRCagney have created a few really neat tools recently – including this taxi cost calculator – and now they’ve created another one. This time looking at the pedestrian catchments of all of Auckland’s train/busway stations and ferry terminals. It shows how far you can get by walking 1km (10-15 mins walk) compared with a 1km crow flies distance.
You can see the tool for yourself here using the login and password of demo to access it.
As well as showing how far you can walk, a filter allows you to colour code each station/terminal based on different variables. These are below:
- Land ratio: Land area of walking catchment divided by land area of flying catchment
- Population ratio: Population of walking catchment divided by population of (land section of) flying catchment
- Area for residential growth: Area in the walking catchment whose Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan zone is one of Town Centre, City Centre, Metropolitan Centre, Terraced Housing and Apartment Building, or Future Urban
- #Titles ratio: Number of property titles in walking catchment divided by the number of property titles in (land section of) flying catchment
- #Jobs ratio: Number of jobs in walking catchment divided by the number of jobs in (land section of) flying catchment
- #Walking and cycling injuries: Number of walking and cycling injuries (including fatalities) in walking catchment for 2010-01-10 to 2015-03-02
The map below shows the Population ratio filter and as you can see, with the exception of some of the inner western line stations, most have less than 50% of people from within 1km away actually within a 1km walking distance.
There are a number of other things the maps really highlight. A few of these are below
- The walk up catchment for the Rapid Transit and ferry services only covers a very small area of Auckland. Finding ways to not only expand the system but to expand the walkability of stations would go a long way to addressing this.
- It would be interesting to see what this would look like with the proposed Light Rail lines and proposed future Rapid Transit lines added in. The former would see much of the central isthmus within walking distance of a very high quality PT service while the later would see a lot more areas filled in with rapid transit.
- The inner western line (Mt Albert – Mt Eden) is very crowded with a lot of catchments overlapping each other. While it’s too late now – I understand reasons not to – I always wondered what the impact would be (both for train operations and patronage) if the Baldwin Ave and Morningside (second from left and middle) stations were merged into a new station at St Lukes Rd. The location is shown in the red dot below. It could have provided good connections to buses, a similar walking catchment and slightly faster train timetables
- One of the big issues with ferries is that normally 50% or more of their catchment is water. This is even more so when with many of the peninsulas in Auckland. The effect of this is that it really limits the amount of walk up catchment that can use services.
- Perhaps one of the most damning views is the filter showing the areas for residential growth in the Unitary Plan. As you can see, with the exception of primarily New Lynn, Glen Eden and Henderson, there’s not that much growth proposed or allowed. We should be allowing for a lot more growth around major PT notes.
There are a couple of minor errors (such as walking lines along the busway) and things I’d like to see such as the ability to choose a different distance comparison e.g. 2km, 3km however all up this is very useful and hopefully will be able to help highlight areas where AT can focus on to improve walkability.
Update: I’ve been informed that this came about as part of work commissioned by Auckland Transport so thank you to them for allowing MRCagney to publish this