We want to make it safer and easier for more people to bus and bike between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road.
A lot of people actively travel through Arataki each day. The increased vehicle traffic on the local roads caused by impacts from the B2B/SH2 improvement works poses a challenge in this space.
Between Golf Road and Sandhurst Drive, council has approved plans to deliver transport infrastructure that will improve the safety, convenience, and journey times for people walking, biking, using mobility scooters, and taking the bus. The list of works, some of which have already been installed, are as follows:
- The Links/Concord/Farm Street intersection safety upgrade.
- Improvement of walking/cycling connections in the alleyways between Solway/Berescourt/Compton/Berwick Place.
- Huia Reserve improvements.
- Targeted Road Safety Education: Links Avenue pedestrian and shared crossings.
- Establishment of Arataki Community Liaison Group.
- Resolution passed to address traffic volume on Oceanbeach Road and the difficulty this causes for pedestrians crossing this road.
- Installation of temporary signalised crossing across SH2 Maunganui Road for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Te Maunga roundabout replaced by temporary signalised intersection and pedestrian crossing.
- 1st stage of a city-wide speed limit review addressing some 60kmph roads, and schools identified for 40kmph variable speed limits.
- Ongoing road safety education and active travel promotion through the Travel Safe School Action Plan.
- Bayfair Underpass – Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced in 2020 an underpass to allow uninterrupted separated walking and cycling route between Matapihi, Bayfair and Arataki. This will be part of the Baylink project and is a result of extensive investigation by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
- Second stage of a city-wide speed limit review addressing the rest of the city.
- Analysis of further options to improve safety on Links Avenue.
More information about separate projects
We have established a community liaison group which will provide a forum for the community, stakeholders and decision makers to work together for the benefit of the wider Arataki community and those who use the area
A pilot group has been formed after receiving some fantastic applications from dedicated and passionate members of the community. From the 20 applications we received, 12 were selected for their skill sets and ability to represent the diversity that the Arataki community has to offer. We also have great support from mana whenua, who will be crucial to helping us reach out to our communities and share valuable insight.
A facilitated workshop was held on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 where the new members of the ACLG were able to meet each other and talk about how they wanted this new group to operate.
There was a general consensus around the benefits of listening to the community early and using that local insight to help influence decision-making. The finer details around exactly how this would happen will be discussed at the ACLG’s very first meeting on Tuesday, 1 December 2020.
The ACLG have asked for a report to be presented by staff from TCC and other service delivery agencies to summarise what projects will be impacting the Arataki area over the next 10 years, as well as a brief update on what works have been completed in recent times. This will help the group to understand and prioritise what the initial focus of their first few meetings will be on.
At each meeting, the members will decide on the date and agenda items of the next so if there is something you think should be discussed, reach out to one of the members below or send us an email.
- Ian Armstrong
- Stephen Bird
- Shelley Blakey
- Megan Clarkin
- David Henderson
- Karen Laidlaw
- Janie de Malmanche
- Jill Parsons
- Sophie Te Moni
- Linda Thompson
- John Waretini
- Jo Wills
To find out more about this group, visit the Arataki Community Liaison Group webpage.
To help make it safer and easier for people on buses to travel between Sandhurst Drive and Golf Road, we have implemented an interim bus lane along Links Avenue which we’ll trial during the construction period of the Baylink/SH2 upgrade project. The need for the bus lane will be re-assessed following the completion of the SH upgrade works. As part of this work a new shared bike path and an upgrade of the Concord/Links Avenue intersection will also be undertaken.
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 have been completed:
- A new 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 be delivered throughout 2020, 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.
Progress regarding further options
After receiving a presentation from passionate community members at the Projects, Services and Operations Committee on 15 September 2020, a staff report was requested regarding options for Links Ave to be presented at the next Council committee.
On 6 October 2020 a report was presented to Council as requested, on more than 10 options for changes to Links Ave including their advantages, disadvantages and estimated costs so the Mayor and Councillors could recommend a shortlist of options to be considered further.
The Mayor and Councillors passed the resolution: Council will continue to engage and work through the series of physical, behavioural and vehicle use options with residents, schools and Regional Council to improve safety on Links Avenue with a view to reporting back to Council before implementation.
Since this meeting, we have established the Arataki Community Liaison Group and will be engaging with the Group and the community on these options so we can bring your feedback to the Councillors, this will help inform them of what the community want. We have also been having discussions with Bay of Plenty Regional Council who are currently developing options for changes to the bus services to reduce the number of buses that travel along this road.
Detailed design work continues and minor changes are being introduced in line with the road safety audit recommendations. Engagement with locally residents and communications with the wider community will commence in 2020.
A revision of the detailed design plans is in progress to incorporate minor changes in line with the road safety audit recommendations. Planning for tender and community engagement will be incorporated with Golf Road Cycleway trial project.
Petitions were presented at the 15 September and 27 October 2020 Projects, Services and Operations Committee meetings on issues including traffic volume and the difficulty this caused pedestrians to cross the road. A report on an ‘Oceanbeach Road Pedestrian Facility’ was presented to the Mayor and Councillors on 27 October.
A resolution was passed to ‘confirm that a refuge is the appropriate facility at the current time’ and ‘a report be brought back to PSOC on options for a 40kmph speed limit and a bylaw and other measures to restrict trucks along Oceanbeach Road’.
Every day over 36,000 vehicles travel along State Highway 2 between Baypark to Bayfair. Ultimately, the Bay Link project will complete the eastern corridor for the Bay of Plenty, providing safer mobility for road users, and greater walking and cycling connections.
The project has achieved several significant milestones in recent months. At the Bayfair/northern end of the project a new temporary signalised crossing was installed across the full width of SH2 Maunganui Road allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely in one single movement. At the same time the new crossing was introduced the existing underpass was closed, allowing for demolition and clearing the way for construction of the new underpass.
At the Te Maunga/southern end of the project, the Te Maunga roundabout was replaced by a temporary signalised intersection and pedestrian crossing. This temporary intersection is needed to allow adequate space for construction of the new embankments for the on and off ramps of the new interchange bridge to be built over State Highway 2. Construction of the interchange bridge could not progress with the previous roundabout configuration, which occupies more road width. Traffic conditions continue to be monitored on SH2 and SH29A, and the phasing of the traffic signals adjusted to optimise traffic flows where possible.
A drilling rig is currently installing stone column ground improvements in the middle of SH2, immediately south of the Bayfair roundabout. Another major drilling rig, the Continuous Flight Auger, will soon be on-site where the underpass used to be located, to start installing lattice ground improvements in the area. These ground improvements will support the State Highway 2 (SH2) flyover bridge.
Arataki bus facility
One of the key projects to make it safer and easier for people to travel through Arataki, is the Arataki Bus facility. The aim of this facility will be to provide a safe, attractive and functional space for people to access public transport and for buses to be able to turn around without having to loop around local streets.
Temporary stops were installed on Farm Street following the closure of the bus stops in the Bayfair car park (on the SH2 side of the Mall) in June 2018. Whilst measures to improve safety and functionality have been implemented in line with safety audits and operational reviews, the existing facility is not functioning well for residents, bus users, or for the bus operator.
Council has reviewed a number of potential locations in the area and is now looking at two sites in more detail. Both potential facilities are located off-street, one off Farm Street using Bayfair-owned land, and one off Girven Road using land in Arataki Park that is currently occupied by St. John ambulance. Once the feasibility of both proposals has been assessed, we will be engaging with the local community, schools, businesses, bus users and other stakeholders ahead of progressing any more detailed proposals.
Reporting traffic safety concerns
We have received some feedback from the community about the process of reporting traffic safety concerns being a little confusing. Here are three different ways you can report your concerns depending on their nature.
- If there is a moving traffic violation including dangerous driving or an injury, you can call 111 or 105 depending on the urgency.
- If there is a concern relating to the Bay Hopper bus service, please contact the Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 881 and they will help direct your query or report your concern.
- If you have any safety concerns not relating to the above two areas, you can call us on 07 577 7000 or email us.
This is the best way to report your concerns and ensure they are followed up on by the appropriate agency.
Reports on this topic can be found:
Recent discussion at Urban Form and Transport Committee meeting minutes
Council agenda - Arataki area bus facility assessment (Report 1: Page 44-115)
Council agenda part 2 - Consideration of Girven Road as an option for the Arataki Bus Facility (Report: Page 115-129)
Council agenda part 3 - Consideration of Girven Road as an option for the Arataki Bus Facility (Report: Page 130-144)
Last Reviewed: 23/06/2021