West Auckland

Getting tactical to “ungap the map” in Henderson

Getting tactical to "ungap the map" in HendersonHot on the heels of the recent consultation on the Henderson-Massey Local Board Draft Connections Plan (now closed), comes the report from a separate but related survey by Panuku, AT, Council, and the Local Board. The survey was carried out this time last year, identifying key local links and barriers in and around the Henderson town centre as part of Panuku’s ongoing work to reshape Henderson as an eco-town centre. As well as being on the western train line, Henderson is blessed with a network of legacy bike paths from its Waitakere City Council days – in particular the Henderson Creek Path (which links the town centre to the NW Cycleway), …
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Watch out for works out west

Watch out for works out westIf you ride along Scenic Drive, Atkinson Road, Huia Road, Piha Road and other roads in the Waitakere Ranges, be aware that there will be lane closures and other works in the area over the next few months. Network builder Visionstream is working with Chorus to build the ultrafast broadband network in the Waitakere Ranges. It says there will be signage up at affected areas a week before works begin. Visionstream suggests keeping an eye out for them and considering alternative routes. It also apologises for any inconvenience created by the works.All road surfaces will be reinstated to council standards once the cabling work has been completed. Questions? Ping Visionstream’s …
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Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu South

Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu SouthAs part of a citywide push for safer streets, Auckland Transport is consulting on a 30kmh neighbourhood in Te Atatu South, just south of SH16. See project page here, and a map of the area under discussion here. This is great news: speed limits set the vibe for neighbourhoods. Not only will a 30kmh zone save lives by putting local wellbeing before rat-running, and people and pets over cars – it’s also the key to friendlier streets, quieter traffic and cleaner air. And, by encouraging more kids to walk and bike to school, it creates a healthier community for eveyone. This alone will be life-changing for Te Atatu South. But wait, there’s more! We …
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Right move, wrong place: a safer crossing for Te Atatu 

Right move, wrong place: a safer crossing for Te Atatu Auckland Transport is proposing a light-controlled pedestrian and bike crossing on Te Atatu Road, to upgrade a dangerous crossing point near where a fatality happened in late 2017. While this would be some improvement on the status quo, does it go far enough in ensuring safety? Not to our eyes. Here’s the project page and here’s the proposed design: AT proposal for Te Atatu Rd signalised mid-block crossing. At the absolute minimum, we would recommend AT retain a central island, narrow the traffic lanes, and add some kind of threshold treatment to reduce the perceived width for drivers here – instead of increasing it by removing the existing island. This …
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