An update from AT on the Ponsonby Road Streets for People project

We are working with the community to trial safer ways to travel and to create a more vibrant Ponsonby Road.

After feedback from the public late last year and three community design workshops held over the past few months, the section of Ponsonby Road between Anglesea Street and Williamson Avenue has been confirmed as the focus area for the project.

The changes will be temporary, installation will be quick, and adjustments can be made once the changes are in place.

We are making a conscious effort to do things differently on this project by allowing people to try out potential changes before making them more permanent. It’s an exercise in testing and learning together with the different users of Ponsonby Road so, we can get a sense of what the future of Ponsonby Road could look like.

To understand the different views and needs of the community, we assembled a community design group of 26 people, including business representatives from the local business association, residents associations, the Waitemata Local Board, and other members of the community. The group met three times between December 2020 and February 2021 to read through the public feedback, identify opportunities for change, consider which sections of Ponsonby Road are most suited for trialling changes, and to come up with ideas for what these temporary changes might be.

The community design group has developed ideas that include safer crossings, new trees and plants, colour, artwork, safer ways to travel on bike and foot, improvements to loading zones and Uber pick-ups, and nicer places to sit and spend time.

With limited time and budget, we won’t be able to implement all of these changes, and your feedback will be helpful in determining which changes are trialled.

Next Steps
• Draft designs are up on our Social Pinpoint page, where you can provide your feedback before 17 March.

• We are working with experts, businesses, and the community to further develop these ideas.

• Following 17 March, detailed designs will be created, materials will be sourced, and engagement will continue.

• We are aiming for changes to be in place by mid-2020.

• We will hold an open day, monitor the impact of the changes, and allow for adjustments to be made in response to public feedback. (Piotr Grabowiecki, Principal Project Manager, Auckland Transport)

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