Some good news from AT this week as they’ve announced that work has started in Mangere on part of the Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project which aims “transform to the streets of Māngere and make it safer and easier for people to travel around, especially by walking and cycling.”
Works have commenced this week on a community trail and improvements to Mascot Avenue which will expand walking and cycling ways in Mangere as part of the Te Ara Mua – Future streets project.
Auckland Transport and the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board are working together on the Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project to make it safer and easier for people to travel around Mangere Central, especially by foot and bike.
The works along Mascot Avenue will see wayfinding installed, improved pedestrian and cycling facilities, dedicated cycle lanes and planting and street tree improvements.
The community trail which leads through the walkways from the back of the town centre to Windrush Close, Pershore Place and on to Mascot Avenue will also have wayfinding installations, improvements to plantings and street trees as well as improvements to the reserves and fitness equipment will be installed.
All this work will ensure these busy routes will be safer and fun for all those who use them, whether they are walking or cycling to the shops for leisure or dropping their children to school.
Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board Chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene says the project is seeing great progress. “It’s fantastic seeing the community’s suggestions finally coming to life. The whole Future Streets project will give our community more options for getting around this neighbourhood. More importantly, it’ll make it much safer, particularly for children, parents and seniors walking to and from school, housing and local community facilities”.
AT Cycling and Walking manager Kathryn King says “It’s great to see work progressing on this project which will make it so much easier to get around Mangere.
“Improving access to the town centre for people of all ages is a focus of the Future Streets initiative and is part of the wider AT strategy to improve the transport network by making it safer and easier to walk and bike throughout Auckland.”
Here’s what Mascot Ave is expected to look like. Are these the first dedicated on road cycle lanes outside of the City or City Fringe?