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Accessible Streets for Ōtūmoetai Peninsula

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We want to make it safer and easier for people in Ōtūmoetai, Matua, Brookfield, Bellevue, and Judea to cycle, catch a bus, or walk to key places, within the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula, as well as travel into the City Centre.

We need to make it safer and easier for people to get around because our city is growing. Population growth will occur across our city, but particularly on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula, because its central location, proximity to the water, green spaces, and commercial/retail centres make it a great place to live. The Accessible Streets programme will help people on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula to be ready for continued growth by providing sustainable and people-focused options to get around.

Emerging preferred option – November 2022

In August and September 2022, we asked the community and key stakeholders to tell us what they thought about options for cycleways and ways to help improve bus journey times and facilities in the community along each section of the identified primary cycle and bus routes. Commissioners have approved an emerging preferred option for the project, which will allow a concept design to be developed over the next few months. Once the concept design is complete, the community will have another opportunity to give feedback early next year.

Preferred option by section:

Section 1 - Chapel Street between Harington Street and Maxwells Road

One-way cycleways and shared paths. The traffic lane heading towards Ngatai Road is removed (from north of the Mobil site to Vale Street) to accommodate the cycleway. Further modelling is being undertaken to determine additional opportunities to provide a higher Level of Service for buses south of the Mobil site and Brown Street.

Section 2 - Ngatai Road between Maxwells Rd to Ōtūmoetai roundabout

Two-way cycleway on the harbour side of Ngatai Road. Allows retention of parking on one side of the road, new traffic signals at the Chapel Street/Vale Street intersection, Bureta Road/Ngatai Road intersection and Ōtūmoetai roundabout, and connections at Maxwells Road.

Section 3 – Charles Street to Bellevue Road along Windsor Road 

A two-way cycleway on the school side of Windsor Road. To accommodate the two-way cycleway and retain parking on both sides of the road, this option removes a general traffic lane on Charles Street and Windsor Road between Ngatai Road and Anne Road to introduce a one-way circulation system.

Section 4 – Bellevue Road 

A two-way cycle facility on southern side of Bellevue Road, changing to one-way facility south of the Brookfield roundabout. A signalised crossing will be provided for cyclists to transition from one facility type to another.  

Section 5 - Waihi Road and 11th Avenue

Combination of one-way cycleways / shared paths and bus priority measures. The removal of a city bound traffic lane between the slip lane exit to Takitimu Drive and Edgecumbe Road to provide space for a bus/transit lane. Conversion of citybound parking between Edgecumbe Road and Cameron Road to a morning-only peak bus/transit lane clearway. On-street parking would be removed here during the morning peak travel times. 

Primary bus routes

Bus stop improvements, including major upgrades to high priority stops. Minor upgrades to medium and low priority stops. Optimisation of bus stop locations and in-lane bus stops. 

Neighbourhood Streets

30km/h speed limit, speed reduction measures, pedestrian upgrades, and making the streets more people friendly through improvements such as planting, artwork and street furniture

Consideration to be given to limited time speed limits outside schools during the concept design development.

Accessible Streets for Ōtūmoetai Peninsula - emerging preferred option with maps (716kb pdf) 
Accessible Streets for Ōtūmoetai Peninsula – Alernatives and Options Assessment (8mb pdf)
Accessible Streets for Ōtūmoetai Peninsula – Engagement report October 2022 (782kb pdf)

What is the Accessible Streets programme?

Accessible Streets is a 20-year programme designed to provide more active travel options by delivering a connected network of cycleways throughout Tauranga for people of all ages and abilities. It will also provide safer intersections, safer crossings, and speed tables in key areas to make it safer to walk and easier to catch a bus.

Read more about Accessible Streets

Why Ōtūmoetai Peninsula?

Ōtūmoetai Peninsula is identified as a priority area to deliver safe, convenient, healthy, and environmentally friendly travel choices due to its expected growth and the high number of trips that can easily be taken by foot, bus, bike, or scooter. Schools, community hubs, shops and reserves, as well as the city centre, are all within a reasonable distance for car-free travel.

What does this mean for the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula?

Accessible Streets aims to deliver improvements on primary routes that provide people who live, learn, work, and play on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula better travel choices and enable them to connect to schools and the city centre. This will include:

  • 12km of new cycleways designed for all ages and abilities
  • safer and more convenient road crossings at key intersections
  • better access to public transport through improved pedestrian crossings
  • improvements to bus stops and bus shelters
  • creating neighbourhood streets in some key locations by providing traffic calming installations to minimise excessive speed and improve safety
  • improved bus journey or travel times at key locations.

These improvements will enable more people to safely and confidently walk, bike or bus and reduce the number of vehicles on our roads.

The primary cycling and bus routes and multimodal areas

We have identified the primary cycling and bus routes that will connect the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula to Te Papa/city centre via Cameron Road at two central locations: Chapel Street and Waihi Road.

These two locations will be what is known as multimodal areas. A multimodal area is a road or space that supports the use of a number of different transportation modes such as cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists. In these areas, we need to consider what the best options are to suit all transport modes. This could be creating a safe cycleway for cyclists, improving crossing points for pedestrians and providing bus lanes, while making sure vehicles can still easily use the road.

Accessible Streets - Otumoetai map

Accessible Streets - Ōtūmoetai Peninsula map (135kb pdf)

What are we doing now?

We have an opportunity to seek funding from the Government to develop the Accessible Streets programme. We have been working alongside our partners to develop a 'business case' to evaluate the benefits, costs, and risks of various cycleway options before we reach a final solution. Among the things we need to consider when reviewing the options are individual community needs, how it will affect local commercial/retail centres, environmental and cultural areas of importance, and how the primary routes will connect to schools and the Te Papa peninsula and city centre.
If the business case is approved, we can proceed with the next stages of the project, including detailed design and construction. 

In August and September 2022. we asked the community and key stakeholders for feedback on how to make it easier for people to travel on the primary cycle and bus routes. Some of the options proposed changes, such as removal of on-street parking, removal of traffic lanes to make way for bus or transit lanes, the installation of median barriers that may prevent turning onto side roads and converting some sections of road to one-way only.

Take a look at the bus priority areas, cycleways and Neighbourhood Streets options we considered below

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  • Consultation with mana whenua, key stakeholders, and the community to look at options to prepare a business case

    August – September 2022
  • Concept design of preferred option

    November 2022 - March 2023
  • Consultation with mana whenua, key stakeholders and the community on the preferred option

    February - March 2023
  • Approval of the business case

    April 2023
  • Detailed design commences

    July 2023
  • Construction commences

    Late 2024 – early 2025 (construction to take place over 2-3 years)

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What people living on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula have already told us

Over the past five years we have asked you how you move around the city and your community. Tauranga is one of the most car-reliant cities in New Zealand, but people living in Tauranga and on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula have told us they would choose to cycle to places such as the shops, parks, or work if they felt safer on the roads.

In 2020, people living in Brookfield, Judea, Bellevue, Ōtūmoetai  and Matua told us as part of the Whakahou Taketake Vital Update survey that they valued being close to parks/ cycleways/ walkways/ reserves and wanted better road infrastructure, less congestion, and improved cycleways.

Recent feedback on the Take me to the future: Ōtūmoetai 2050 project, which will create a plan for the future of this area, showed that people on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula would like:

  • Neighbourhoods that are well connected to other neighbourhoods and connect to other centres outside of the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula
  • Safer walking and cycling routes.

Cycling on Ngatai Road

Next steps

Commissioners have approved an emerging preferred option for the project, which will allow a concept design to be developed over the next few months. Once the concept design is complete, the community will have another opportunity to give feedback early next year.

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Our partners

Tauranga City Council is partnering with mana whenua, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and Haerenga Tahi (a consortium of Beca, Auecon and Stantec) to deliver Accessible Streets for Ōtūmoetai Peninsula.

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