AT look­ing to build walk­a­ble Pa­pakura

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - LIU CHEN

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) will be work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties in Pa­pakura to make the area bet­ter and safer for walk­ing over the next three years.

It was se­lected for the safer com­mu­ni­ties pro­gramme through an in­ves­ti­ga­tion process by AT, in­clud­ing pedes­trian crash rates and the amount of cur­rent good road-cross­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Un­til the end of the year, AT will be talk­ing to peo­ple about any con­cerns they might have about walk­ing.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is also work­ing with com­mu­nity groups and other stake­hold­ers such as the po­lice to help es­tab­lish the is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Next year, AT will go back to the com­mu­nity with a set of de­signs based on their feed­back to make phys­i­cal changes such as in­tro­duc­ing new cross­ings and mak­ing changes to roads to slow traf­fic.

Con­struc­tions are set to take place in 2019-2020, and AT will seek fund­ing from the NZ Trans­port Agency (NZTA) and Auck­land Coun­cil.

‘‘I’m pleased to see AT start­ing this process as our fo­cus is to en­sure our com­mu­nity have op­por­tu­ni­ties to stay ac­tive, healthy and con­nected,’’ Pa­pakura Lo­cal Board chair Brent Catch­pole says.

‘‘This strat­egy will help to im­prove the safety and se­cu­rity of our Pa­pakura when walk­ing.’’

AT walk­ing, cy­cling and road safety man­ager Kathryn King says she’s look­ing for­ward to the part lo­cals will play in mak­ing the changes.

She also en­cour­ages peo­ple to talk about the dan­ger spots and their vi­sion for safer walk­ing.

‘‘Start­ing from what the com­mu­nity tells us will mean that ev­ery dol­lar will go into de­sign­ing and build­ing changes around roads that will make a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple,’’ she says.

‘‘Peo­ple have the right to a safe walk­ing en­vi­ron­ment and we hope that we can help to cre­ate that. Another great out­come of a more walk­a­ble com­mu­nity is the health ben­e­fits for peo­ple of be­ing more ac­tive.’’

AT, NZTA and the coun­cil plan to in­vest around $16.5 mil­lion across Auck­land over three years in the pro­gramme. The other two tar­get ar­eas are Mt Roskill and Man­gere Bridge.

Peo­ple can get in­volved in the process through an on­line sur­vey or at­tend­ing an event where they can give feed­back. Visit at.govt.nz/safer­com­mu­ni­ties for more de­tails.

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