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Innovating streets at The Mount

Working together to make Mount streets more people-friendly.

Together with the community we want to develop a plan to trial some temporary changes to streets in the north Mount Maunganui area.

Why
The Mount is a busy area with limited space and we want to ensure people of all ages and abilities feel welcome and confident travelling around its streets. We also need to increase the opportunities for safe active travel, such as biking and scootering, which is good for our health and the environment. As most streets are currently focused on cars, we want to explore how we can work towards designing safer streets for all types of users and create ‘Streets for people’.

Timing
A trial is planned to be implemented before 30 June 2021. The shape of any changes involved will depend on feedback from the community.

Funding
Approximately $1 million is available, with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contributing 90% of the estimated project cost and Tauranga City Council covering 10%.

We appreciate your input

The first round of feedback for this project is now closed. Thanks to everyone that has shared their thoughts and ideas with us. Currently we are analysing the data and developing a summary. Once a summary of the feedback is available, we will share it on this web page.

We are setting up a Community Design Group to work with us on developing ideas that can be trialed. This group will consist of around 20 people from all corners of the community. The application for this group is also closed. If you have applied to be a part of the design group, we will be in touch shortly to let you know if your application has been successful. If you have not been selected to be part of the Community Design Group you will be sent updates on the project after each meeting. These updates will also be made public on this project web page.

More details about Waka Kotahi's Innovating Streets for People programme

Learn more about Innovating Streets

A trial will allow residents, visitors and businesses to experience the proposed changes in real-life while keeping flexibility to fine-tune elements of the trial during its lifespan, such as the effects on traffic and parking. 

We have identified four popular routes where we could trial improvements to the street layout. The final routes will be determined in collaboration with the community.

Parts of the trial could include separating different modes of travel or slowing traffic. For example with chicanes, narrowing the carriageway, street decorations, signage and altering parking layouts. We also have a chance to explore how we can make the area even more attractive for locals and visitors. This could be achieved by using different surfacing and by adding seating and play opportunities.

During and after the trial, working with the community, Council will assess the success of the project to determine whether any of the temporary changes should become permanent.

  • In The Mount there are large numbers of people in cars, on bikes, on foot, on mobility scooters and other modes of transport sharing a limited road space. We want people of all ages and abilities to feel safe and confident travelling in this area.
  • We need to increase the opportunities for safe active travel, which is good for our health and the environment. 
  • The COVID-19 lockdown showed us that there was a huge suppressed demand for activities such as biking and scootering that was realised when traffic volumes decreased, and people felt safer on our streets.
  • The popularity and the population pressures at The Mount are only likely to increase. We need to explore new ways of doing things to accommodate more people.
  • Traffic accidents are occurring with cyclists and pedestrians along key routes.  The number is not substantial, probably because of the slow vehicle speeds. However, with an expected increase in the numbers of people on foot and on other active travel vehicles, the accident risk is likely to increase, at which point, significant action may be required. We want to consider ways of avoiding that situation.
  • The Tay Street intersection area in particular has a history of safety challenges, which will need to be addressed in the near-term, and the trials give us the opportunity to evaluate solutions at minimal cost.

In the video below you can see what Tauranga’s transport challenges are and what we could do to create neighbourhoods where it is easier and safer to move around.

We have $1,000,000 available for this project. Waka Kotahi’s ‘Innovating Streets pilot fund’ will cover 90% of the project costs while TCC will fund 10%.

Currently, we hope to install a trial in March 2021 (i.e. no works will be undertaken over the December 2020 to January 2021 holiday period). Due to funding by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, any works involved in Innovating Streets at The Mount are to be completed by 30 June 2021.

Our high-level timeframe is outlined below but may change as a result of community feedback. The final timeline will be confirmed with the public during the design process.

  • 7 September 2020
    Deadline for registering interest in participating in Community Design Group
  • 7 September 2020
    Deadline for community feedback (round one)
  • 23 September - 21 October 2020
    Develop design options with Community Design Group
  • November 2020
    Community feedback (round two): share design options with the community and find out what they think
  • December 2020
    Finalise a design supported by the community that can be set up as a trial
  • March 2021
    Set up trial
  • After April 2021
    Community feedback (round three): once the trial is set up, evaluate how the community feels about any changes
  • 30 June 2021
    Waka Kotahi funding completed

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