Vol­canic cone ve­hi­cle ban

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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.

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