Volcanic cone vehicle ban
More of Auckland’s volcanic cones, including One Tree Hill, are set to become vehicle free.
The Tupuna Maunga Authority announced on Tuesday five volcanic cones (maunga) will be pedestrian only from 2017.
The top of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, Maungarei/Mt Wellington, Owairaka/Mt Albert, Puketapapa/Mt Roskill and Takarunga/Mt Victoria will all become pedestrian and cycle only.
Automated gates will preserve access for people with limited mobility, while cyclists will be able to use the new shared summit pathways. This comes after Maungawhau/Mt Eden last year became Auckland’s first pedestrian-only summit.
Maunga Authority chairman Paul Majurey said the pedestrian measures will increase public safety and enhance pedestrian access while respecting the cultural values of the maunga.
‘‘There has been overwhelm- ing public support the pedestrianisation of Maungawhau and it is pleasing to see families safely walking the roads there in great numbers. This experience together with the mounting calls from various communities to do the same at other Tu¯puna Maunga gives us the confidence to take this next step.’’ An ‘‘increasing number of near misses’’ between cars and pedestrians accessing One Tree Hill has also concerned the authority, Majurey said. for
Cyclists and pedestrians will soon have One Tree Hill’s summit road all to themselves after the Maunga Authority’s vehicle ban.