This feedback period has now closed.
An equitable and accessible Auckland is ultimately a network of well-designed transport projects. St Heliers is a beautiful destination to be enjoyed by all, and pedestrian and cyclist safety measures proposed for its town centre were up for public consultation.
Back in 2019, AT put forward a solid plan of raised-table zebra crossings that would’ve made the town centre safer and easier to navigate. Unfortunately, after backlash from a small but vocal minority of residents, they retracted the plan, and created a working group that excluded young people, Māori, disability groups, climate advocates, and more. Flash forward to 2020, and AT are proposing a new, watered-down design that needlessly puts people at risk when moving about the area. That's why it was important we gave them our feedback.
Our feedback was focused on making the centre more safe through adoping AT's original 2019 proposal, including all its proposed speed table crossing - with some further refinements. These included adding missing raised-table zebra crossings, converting Turua St to one-way to improve pedestrian safety, reallocating some on-street parking to make a dedicated, bidirectional, protected cycle land and new bike stands. We called for AT to discard their plans for a narrow shared pathway along Tamaki Dr that goes against AT's own guidelines, puts pedestrians and cyclists in each other's paths, and puts people on bikes in danger of being hit by opening car doors. We finally reminded AT of their obligations to Vision Zero and reducing vehicle emissions under the Auckland Climate Plan. Under this framework we advised that they should discard their plans for an additional car parking area on Goldie St with further benefits to limiting car dependency and induced traffic demand, encouraging alternative modes of transport and retaining local green spaces.
Thank you to all 200 of you who had your say through our quick-submit form. We will keep you updated on the project's progress.
On top of this, in order to prove how St Heliers can be transformed into a place for people, Gen Zero and friends held a park(ing) day in the town centre on Saturday 31st October. It was a chance to see how space usually taken up by empty cars can become a place where people chat, eat, play, and relax. Thank you for coming along and showing your support on the day!