It seems now every year at this time Auckland Transport rush out a heap of consultations before everyone heads off for summer holidays – we saw this in 2018 and in 2019. Some of these we’ve already talked about in posts recently but there are so many so here’s a summary of the key ones.
Mission Bay town centre – closes 3 December
We covered this last week with a post from our friends at Bike Auckland
Ash and Rata St safety improvements – closes 6 December
We’ve also kind of covered this one in this post.
Ponsonby Rd – Streets for People – closes 6 December
This is one of Auckland’s Innovating Streets projects and is really AT asking for idea – so it’s important people submit so it doesn’t just become a bunch of retailers demanding more/unchanged parking.
Changes could include things like extra space for on street dining, safer crossing opportunities, bike routes, and more space for play. These could be created with street furniture, artwork, planters and more.
Part of the feedback is just to find out which part of Ponsonby Rd they should be working on, with them saying
The project area has not yet been defined – but with a limited budget, we will have to focus on a specific area or areas along Ponsonby Road.
They also say
You can also express an interest in joining our community co-design group by leaving your details.
This co-design group will bring a diverse group of around 20 members of the community together to look at feedback from with wider public and further develop ideas.
Time commitment would be 3 x 3 hour sessions during three separate weeknights in late November-Mid December this year.
Ponsonby Rd should be one of our best urban streets but it is currently dominated by cars and it really needs to change so put some feedback in to help that process.
Blockhouse Bay Roundabout – closes 11 December
AT are looking to make the Blockhouse Bay roundabout safer but it seems like so many of their safety projects, their idea of a safety is to just slap down a couple of speed tables, which is better than nothing but doesn’t improve safety for everyone, despite them claiming so.
The proposed improvements, supported by the Regional Fuel Tax, aim to create a safer environment for drivers making turns, along with people walking, cycling and on motorbikes.
AT is now seeking feedback from the wider public and key stakeholders – such as local businesses – on the plans.
The busy area sees close to an average of 30,000 vehicles daily through the roundabout.
The proposed changes aim to improve safety for everyone by encouraging drivers to lower their speed on the approach to the roundabout to help them make safer turns.
The changes would also encourage the use of active modes in the area by providing safe places to cross the road.
The plans being consulted on would reshape the centre island, install raised traffic islands and paint new road markings to help guide drivers as they turn.
Randhir Karma, Auckland Transport’s Group Manager of Network Management, says safety is a priority for Auckland Transport. $800,000 has been approved so far for this proposal.
“We are pleased to be working with the Whau Local Board to improve safety for people walking in this busy town centre through the Community Safety Fund.
“AT embraces Vision Zero principles which puts safety at the heart of everything we do, and where the road network is safe for all users. No deaths or serious injuries on the transport network are acceptable.”
Here’s the proposal.
If this is “encouraging active modes” that’s a quite an indictment of how bad AT is at the moment. There are still pedestrian crossings way back from the roundabout, in most cases these are existing crossings but now just raised. And of course there’s clearly no support for anyone on a bike. Anyone wanting to ride to the shop better be prepared to risk their life of than two lane roundabout that almost identical to what it is today. In reality this is the design you get when your first priority isn’t safety but moving vehicles.
Devonport Parking Charges – closes 13 December
AT are finally looking to introduce paid parking at the Devonport Ferry Terminal – something they should have done long before their subsidised taxi trial. They’re also looking at other changes to parking in the wider village.
On-street parking around Devonport village and Ferry Terminal is in high demand, which means that people are often unable to find a park and become frustrated.
We are proposing changes to improve parking availability through Devonport village and around the Devonport Ferry Terminal.
Through Devonport village, we are proposing replacing all the existing parking restrictions to P120 time restrictions. This will keep parking restrictions more consistent through the village and be better suited to visitors. Around Devonport Ferry Terminal, we are proposing paid parking at 50c per hour on part of Queens Parade and the Queens Parade carpark.
We are also proposing 3 new P5 loading zones to improve parking availability for those visiting or delivering goods to local businesses.
At 50c an hour it’s hardly a huge cost but it’s a start and presumably would be governed by AT’s parking policy which could be adjusted in future based on demand – getting it in place first is often the hardest part.
Mangere Cycling Improvements – closes 13 December
This is possibly the most exciting of the proposals here. AT are proposing a raft of safe cycleways in Mangere as part of the Southwest Gateway project (which also includes projects such as the Puhinui Interchange).
The Māngere Cycling Improvements project consists of five new designs/upgrades. The proposals combine with the existing walking and cycling facilities to create safe links for people travelling between Māngere Bridge, Māngere, Auckland Airport and the Airport Oaks employment areas.
The proposed improvements also provide wider connections to Onehunga, once the upgraded Māngere Bridge is complete in 2022.
There are more details on the website about exactly what is proposed and it seems to include a number of pedestrian improvements which is great. It’s particularly pleasing to see crossings being added to existing intersections where they’re missing, including roundabouts. And is this the closest we’ve got to a dutch style roundabout in Auckland?
I also like that they’ve got Councillor Alf Filipaina and members of the Local Board in support, as well as excellent local bike champ Teau Aiturau.
Onewa Rd Clearway – closes 13 December
AT are considering extending the clearway hours on Onewa Rd in response to local requests. Onewa Rd is also one of the busiest bus corridors in Auckland.
Recent local feedback, including a petition from Northcote’s former local MP Dan Bidois has asked us to investigate some clearway options along Onewa Road.
The proposal aims to improve traffic flow outside of peak hours by removing parking on Onewa Road, by extending the clearway hours.
We have assessed the advantages of extending the clearway hours and have determined that it will offer little benefit to commuters at the expense of parking. However, given the strong support through the local MP petition, we are happy to consider it. We would first like to know your thoughts on this before considering any changes.
We are asking feedback on whether we keep clearway hours the same, extend the clearway to no parking at all times, extend the clearway to cover 7am to 7pm on weekdays, or extend the clearway to cover 7am to 7pm everyday.
With each option, the T3 lanes would remain unaffected with no change to operational hours.
It’s weird that AT seem so reluctant to take away parking even when locals are asking for it.
The four options we would like your feedback on are:
- Option 1) Maintain the current parking arrangement on Onewa Road
- Parking would still be available outside of peak hours when the T3 lanes aren’t operational.
- Option 2) Extend the Onewa Road clearway to all hours
- No vehicles would be able to park on Onewa Road at any time.
- Option 3) Extend the clearway hours to run from 7am to 7pm on weekdays.
- Vehicles would no longer be able to park on Onewa Road unless it’s after hours or during weekends.
- Option 4) Extend the clearway hours to run from 7am to 7pm everyday
- Vehicles would no longer be able to park on Onewa Road unless it is after hours.
This is the stretch of road they’re looking at.
How about doing option two and making that freed up lane a permanent bus while they’re at it as at this point, AT should be doing everything they can to push mode shift.
Speed Limit changes in West and North – closes 17 January
Following on from the speed limit changes last year, AT are proposing to change speed limits on 26 rural roads in the west and north. Details and maps of the roads they propose to change are on the link and they say if approved, will come into effect on 31 May 2021.
These should all keep you busy for a while.