Henderson is one of the key areas Panuku Development Auckland hope to unlock in the coming years. It’s a centre with a lot of potential, especially once the CRL drags it 10 minutes closer to town. As part of that, Auckland Transport are looking at what it can do to improve walking and cycling in the area, which was identified as an “early construction” area in their 10-year business case. They’re currently running a consultation similar to what they’ve done in other area wide improvements projects, such as at Glen Innes. It closes tomorrow so if you live, work or travel in the area, you might want to consider providing feedback.
Alongside council organisations, AT is asking for your feedback on what it can do to deliver better walking and cycling connections, enabling Henderson to become more vibrant and a more attractive place for everyone.
“We want to unlock every option for people to travel around the area, and promote the best projects to serve local business. It will be led by you, and directed in partnership with the strong local business association providing you a collective voice,” says Shane Henderson, Chair of Henderson-Massey Local Board.
“It’s an exciting time to grow the greater Henderson area together, make it more attractive and easier to get around.”
AT’s Walking, Cycling and Road Safety Manager Kathryn King says we are seeking feedback from the local community, residents and businesses on how to make Henderson into a more attractive and a vibrant place for people.
“We want to know what is important to people and what would they like to see in Henderson, and also how they would like to get around it more easily. To support the area’s growth, we want to give people more travel options to get to work, school and local attractions.
The map below shows current and planned walking and cycle routes in the area, although I’d say some walking/cycling routes are fairly marginal at best.
As a local this one is quite important for me, I’ve provided a number of bits of feedback bus a couple of specific pieces included:
A walking/cycling route alongside the rail line from Mt Lebanon Lane to Sturges Rd. This is quite a bit of space in the corridor here and it would provide a useful connection with an easy grade.
Making use of what appears to be an over engineered pipe to provide a bridge to straighten out a dogleg in the Twin Streams path (which also needs widening).
Turning all of the raised tables into formal pedestrian crossings, including getting ride of the stupid Pedestrians give way to vehicles signs
There were plenty more ideas I submitted and many readers could have other suggestions too. If so, make sure you submit them.