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 between Anglesea Street and Williamson Avenue.

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

From 5 March to 21 March feedback was open on nine concepts for the changes. We have had a great response with 2,769 votes on the concepts, from a combination of our Social Pinpoint webpage, on street interviews, and a survey of businesses.

With limited time and budget, we won’t be able install all these concepts, and decisions on which ones to trial will be based on a combination of public feedback, expert feedback, and time and budget considerations.

There was lively debate through the comments, with strong support for six of the nine concepts (see voting results below).

Public feedback, total support for concept:

Barnes Dance Crossing 89%

Improve pedestrian crossings on side streets 87%

Expressing the Ponsonby character 84%

De-clutter the footpath 81%

Safety improvements to mid-block crossings 77%

Dedicated delivery & taxi pick-up and drop-off areas 61%

Shared lane 39%

Parklets 35%

Restrict right-turn crossings 31%

Next steps:
Thursday 25 March
We hold a workshop with Richmond Road School which we will report back on next month.

Wednesday 31 March
Detailed designs are created and will be reviewed by subject matter experts.

April 2021
All feedback will be reviewed, stakeholder engagement will continue, funding decisions will be made.

Mid 2021
We are aiming for changes to be in place by mid-2021.

Mid 2021
We will hold an open day if possible, monitor the impact of the changes, and allow for adjustments to be made in response to public feedback.

Find out more:

What else is happening in the area?

Great North Road
AT are proposing to make a section of Great North Road (between Crummer Road and Ponsonby Road) safer for all road users, especially people walking and on bikes, make bus journeys more reliable, and help reduce congestion along the route. Have your say before 7 May.

Collingwood Street
AT has been working closely with Collingwood Street residents and affected parties to address safety concerns due to the increased traffic. Based on public feedback, we have implemented several traffic calming measures to reduce traffic and speed. We’re continuing to monitor traffic on Collingwood Street to determine if further changes are needed.

Karangahape Road
Karangahape Road (K Road) Enhancements is a joint project with Auckland Council that aims to preserve the road’s unique character while creating a street environment that supports the local community and meets the needs of a growing population. Construction is progressing well, and completion is expected by mid-May 2021.

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