We want to make it safer and easier for more people to bus and bike between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road.
Over the past year, especially since the Bayfair to Baypark construction has started, there has been a significant increase in vehicle queues on local roads around Arataki. This is creating safety issues for people walking and riding bikes, and delays for buses.
We’re proposing to trial new bus lanes and separated bike paths along with some intersection upgrades.
Why bikes and buses?
A lot of students travel through this area, so we want to make it as safe as possible for people riding bikes. In December 2018 the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will start providing more frequent bus services. The bus lanes will help make these bus trips more reliable.
Arataki concept map (280kb pdf)
From 3 August until 24 August we will be talking with the community about these plans. We want to hear what you think of the changes proposed.
Come and see us at the Community Information Days. These are drop in sessions so come along at any time to learn more:
- Saturday, 11 August 2018, 2 – 4pm at the Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way
- Wednesday, 22 August 2018, 4 – 6pm at the Mount Intermediate School, Links Avenue
Online feedback opens on 3 August 2018.
One of our projects to help make it safer and easier for people to travel between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road is a trial bus lane along part of Grenada Street. This proposal includes a shared bike path through Arataki Park.
Proposed for late 2018:
- Grenada Street bus lane trial. The bus lane will start next to Arataki Park at Kaimanawa Street. It would continue to the Girven Road intersection.
- Park-and-ride. The existing parking area will be upgraded with improved bus stop facilities, better shelter and a secure, covered area to park bikes.
- Shared bike path. We’re proposing a new shared bike path through part of Arataki Park to the Marlin Street intersection so students riding and walking to school don’t need to use the road. This would be a permanent addition, not a trial.
- Marlin Street/Girven Road intersection upgrade. New traffic lights to make it safer for people walking and biking to cross the road.
How long would the bus trial last?
If the Grenada Street trial bus lane is considered successful, there is a possibility that it could be made permanent. The bus lane will be monitored and a decision made after Baylink has opened in late 2021 once we have seen how traffic movements change through the local streets.
One of our projects to help make it safer and easier for people to travel between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road is a trial bus lane along Links Avenue. This proposal includes a new shared bike path and an upgrade of the Concord/Links Avenue intersection.
Proposed for late 2018:
- Links Avenue bus lane trial. The new bus lane would run along the southern side of Links Avenue. We’re proposing that it will operate as a ‘clearway’ where a no-stopping parking restriction will apply from Monday to Friday. This means there will be no parking for cars on the southern side of Links Avenue during the week, but parking will be available all the way along this side of Links Avenue on the weekends. See below for more information about car parking.
- Concord/Links Ave intersection upgrade. To improve safety for everyone moving through that intersection.
- Shared bike path – Mount Intermediate to Ascot Road. A shared path on the northern side of Links Avenue for everyone walking, biking or using other wheeled pedestrian transport.
- Improved bike facilities. Better connections for biking will be provided around Ascot Road area.
How will the bus lane change car parking in Links Avenue?
To accommodate the new bus lane on Links Avenue, car parks on both sides of the street will need to be removed. Parking surveys in this area have shown that there is generally low demand for on-street car parking on weekdays. The parking reviews for Links Avenue support the bus lane operating as a clearway during the week to allow parking on the weekends when the parking demand is the highest.
How long will the bus trial last?
If the Links Avenue trial bus lane is considered successful, there is a possibility that it could be made permanent. The bus lane will be monitored and a decision made after Baylink has opened in late 2021 once we have seen how traffic movements change through the local streets.
One of our projects to help make it safer and easier for people to travel between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road is a new bus stop in Farm Street. The bus stop at the front entrance of the Bayfair Shopping Centre was closed on 20 June 2018 for Bayfair’s expansion upgrade, so we’ve been building a temporary bus stop on Farm Street to give people a safe place to get on and off the bus.
Arataki temporary bus stop
Last Reviewed: 16/07/2018