We want to make it safer and easier for more people to bus and bike between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road.
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. From 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) Arataki concept plan - Beca (1mb pdf)
We consulted with the local community about these plans between February and August 2018, and in October and November 2018. Consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback.
A report on the project was received by the Transport Committee on 8 October. There was a Council resolution made at this meeting to endorse the implementation of the project but that further consultation be undertaken with residents of Grenada Street. This additional consultation process was completed and reported to the full Council on 20 November. At this meeting it was confirmed that the Grenada Street Cycleway aspect of the project should be implemented in line with the rest of the project. Below is a summary of the recommendations to be implemented for the project:
- Trial bus clearway between 7:15am and 10:00am (Monday to Friday) along the south side of Links Avenue from Golf Road to Links Avenue Reserve, and south side of Grenada Street between Girven Road and Kaimanawa Street. Upgrade existing bus stop opposite Kaimanawa Street.
- Improved bike facilities through Links Avenue area.
- Double roundabout at the intersection of Links Avenue, Concord Avenue and Farm Street, and the installation of a signalised intersection at the Girven Road and Marlin Street.
- A new shared cycle and pedestrian path through Arataki Park from Monowai Street to Girven Road and secure cycle parking facility in Arataki Park to link in with new bicycle pump track.
- Separated cycleway on both sides of Golf Road and Grenada Street.
- Council will prepare a detailed design of the trial bus lane for Grenada Street and Links Avenue, and an off-road bike path through Arataki Park. This will include signalisation of the Marlin Street and Girven Road intersection, and improved bike facilities through the Links Avenue area.
- Late 2018/early 2019, construction will begin of the trial bus lanes, the off-road bike path through Arataki Park and the bike facilities through the Links Avenue area. Council will prepare a detailed design of the separated bike lanes on Golf Road and Grenada Street.
- Early 2021 when construction of Baylink is completed, Council will do a full re-assessment of facilities.
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.
Construction in January 2019:
- 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.
- 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 includes a new shared bike path and an upgrade of the Concord/Links Avenue intersection.
Shared Pedestrian and Cycle Path
A number of safety concerns have been expressed by parents of the local schools since the bus lanes became operational on Links Avenue in early 2019. Council staff have spent a considerable amount of time observing driver, cyclist, and pedestrian behaviour in the area. The following recommendations have been made and will be implemented as soon as practicable:
- A new formal pedestrian crossing outside Mount Intermediate School.
- A new 2.5 metre wide shared pedestrian/cycle path between Ascot Road and Mount Intermediate School.
These measures will address the issues raised in the early stages of this significant transformational transportation project. Other elements of this wider Arataki project are to delivered throughout 2019, all of which are designed to improve road safety and encourage more people to walk, bus and cycle to school or work, or just for pleasure.
Proposed for early 2019:
- The new bus lane will run along the southern side (Maunganui Road) of Links Avenue and operate as a ‘clearway’ operational between 7.15am and 10am Monday to Friday.
- On road car parks will be available for use on the south side of Links Ave outside of the operational times of the clearway and weekends. Parking will still be available on this side of the road outside of these times, but any vehicles must be moved out of the lane by 7.15am on each weekday. The northern side of Links Avenue will have no parking available to residents/visitors day or night.
- The Concord/Links Ave intersection upgrade will improve safety for everyone moving through that intersection.
- A shared bike path from Mount Intermediate to Ascot Road on the northern side of Links Avenue will improve safety for everyone walking, biking or using other wheeled pedestrian transport.
- Better connections for biking will be provided around Ascot Road area.
Links Avenue Bus Clearway Design (9mb pdf)
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: 19/02/2019