AT looking to build walkable Papakura
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.