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Innovating streets at the Mount

We have an opportunity to trial improvements which will make Mount Maunganui north streets as people-friendly and safe as possible.

Mount Maunganui north is a popular spot, not only in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty, but for people from around the country. People love to walk around or climb Mauao as well as visit the Mount’s beaches, cafes and shops. Besides attracting many visitors, this area is also home to more than 3,200 Tauranga residents and many businesses, who enjoy living and working there.

Project summary

What Together with the community we want to develop a plan to trial some temporary changes to streets in Mount Maunganui north. The changes will aim to make the streets safer and more attractive for the community and visitors.
Why The Mount is a premier destination that attracts many people and we want to make it even more vibrant, safe and accessible for a wide variety of 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.
How you can contribute We need your input to create a design that meets the needs of the people who live in or use this area. Register your interest below.
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 need your input

We want to keep this treasured, but busy area as people-friendly and safe as possible. We also have a chance to explore how we can make it even better for locals and visitors, by making the streets more useable for a variety of users and recreational activities. 

‘Innovating Streets at the Mount’ provides a great opportunity to test some quick, scalable and low-cost street solutions to contribute to this. This could be through pilots, pop-ups or interim treatments that can inform future permanent upgrades.

These solutions are yet to be determined and that’s where you come in.

We need your help in identifying opportunities for the north Mount area. Our initial thoughts were to focus on The Mall (Pilot Bay) and Marine Parade (from Banks Avenue to Tay Street), but we are open to your ideas.

We want you to contribute to designing the trial improvements by sharing your ideas and concerns with us at key stages during the project development. Additionally, we are asking people to join our community design group, which will meet regularly and closely guide the design process. More information about this will follow shortly.

Engagement is key in this project and is set to start in late-August. We will keep you up-to-date on this project page and you can sign up to receive updates.

The trial

First, we will work with the community to develop some trial designs. Then, thanks to the support of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, we have the opportunity to trial some innovative street designs that will aim to make the streets more attractive and enjoyable for a wider variety of users. This aligns with the Smart Growth Agenda and Urban Form and Transport initiative which aims to grow walking and cycling and create more vibrant and liveable cities.

By seeing changes on the ground, businesses and communities can experience proposed street changes in real-life while there is flexibility to fine-tune elements of the trial during its lifespan, especially looking at effects on traffic and parking. 

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

Why Mount Maunganui north?

In Mount north there is a high intensity of people in cars, on bikes, on foot and other modes of transport, but there is also limited space.

The lockdown due to COVID-19 gave many of us a new experience of using public spaces in the Mount and we would like to learn from this and see if there are any opportunities to enhance this area and make it more available to a wider variety of users. During the lockdown, people biking increased by 277%, with a daily average of 1,213 cyclists a day, and a peak of 2,104. Additionally, biking in Mount Maunganui north increases substantially every year over the summer months.

Funding

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

Timeline

Any works involved in Innovating Streets at the Mount are to be completed by 30 June 2021. 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).

The extent and possible duration of the project will be confirmed with the public during the design process. At this stage our high-level timeframe is outlined below. Timeframes may change as a result of community feedback.

  • August 2020
    Find out what ideas the community has for this area.
  • September 2020
    Develop design options with a community design group.
  • October 2020
    Share design options with the community and find out what they think.
  • November 2020
    Finalise a design supported by the community that can be set up as a trial.
  • March 2021
    Set up trials and find out what people think of it.
  • 30 June 2021
    Waka Kotahi funding completed.

Learn more about Innovating Streets

Register your interest

Register your interest to keep up to date on this project.

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