Waitemata Greenways

December 11, 2012 by  
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The inner city’s Waitemata Local Board is working on an environmentally pleasing three year project that would connect parks and open spaces in its area by providing safer walking and cycling facilities and at the same time improve neighborhoods.

This “greenways” draft plan has been given priority by the Board and funded to the tune of $150,000. It now has backing from Board and a consultation programme is being developed for the project team to work with various stakeholders including Auckland Transport, Walk Auckland, Cycle Action, local residents and business associations, sports clubs and other interested parties.

This project would result in the ability to increase recreational opportunities within the community by improving links between neighbourhoods and open space facilities, and for local streets to function as slow speed environments where the community can gather and socialise.

It is also designed to promote active healthy lifestyles, nature conservation and reduce traffic pollution, in turn creating safe access for travel to work or school.

Priority greenways have been identified as routes which can easily be delivered, and, have a high level of demand that could be linked into other planned projects.

Aspirational routes and networks will rely on the completion of other significant infrastructure projects while also considering the Board’s budget.

While it is recognised that future plans may need to traverse through private property that would require purchase of land to complete, the endorsement of the current report shows no such options proposed.

Waitemata Local Board Members Rob Thomas, Shale Chambers, Jesse Chalmers, Greg Moyle, Pippa Coom and Christopher Dempsey have worked with officers to develop and identify greenway routes and prioritise projects.

The project would involve various levels of street restructuring by introducing planted swales, narrower carriageways on some streets that would lower traffic speeds, wider footpaths and cycle provision. Much of this work, dependent on Board budges, would also work to improve storm water quality and reduce flooding as well as a general enhancement of the environment.

The first project to get the green light in the New Year is the Cox’s Bay Creek boardwalk and footpath upgrade. Under the existing renewal project, the Cox’s Bay Creek boardwalk was set to be rebuilt to a 1.8m width from its current narrow span of 1.2m.  This 60cm increase wouldn’t be suitable given the present substantial use of the bridge.

Due to the urgency of the renewal, the Local Board took a proactive role in the development and future planning of the boardwalk as a greenway. Work on the boardwalk will commence early next year at 2.5m width, which, will fit in nicely with proposed Greenways network.

Feedback on the draft plans will close 11 March, for more information click here.

Comments

7 Comments on "Waitemata Greenways"

  1. Julian Hulls on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 8:55 pm 

    Hi Rob – Love these plans. Are their dates for completion of the various stages?

    On a more technical note it might also be useful to know what the cost per KM of Greenway conversions is versus say a KM of new off-road cycle path. I suspect the Greenways are significantly less.

    Thxs for continuing to support a people first city – Cheers Julian

  2. Tracey on Mon, 4th Feb 2013 10:03 pm 

    There are some awesome parks and walkways in Waitemata. There is one however which has been locked off with a bicycle lock. The path from Napier Street through the park and onto Sheridan Lane is locked at the Napier Street end. Is there an official reason for this?

  3. Rob Thomas on Tue, 12th Feb 2013 11:45 am 

    Hi Julian. This draft consultation plan is to help us priorities each section of the track. We have however funded the widening of the Coxes Bay boardwalk to make the connection to Grey Lynn park and the Western Cycleway. There’s more information on this project on my blog http://www.robthomas.co.nz/coxs-bay-creek-boardwalk-rebuild-approved/. Make sure you provide feedback. Rob

  4. Rob Thomas on Tue, 12th Feb 2013 11:48 am 

    Tracey – thanks for your comment. I don’t know but I’ve emailed our park’s team and I will find out for you. Cheers Rob

  5. Greenways consultation closing soon : Rob Thomas on Mon, 4th Mar 2013 12:14 pm 

    […] This is your last chance to get in your submission on the Waitemata Greenways Proposal before it closes 11 March. To find out more and provide feedback about the walkways and cycleways planned for your area, visit http://www.robthomas.co.nz/waitemata-greenways/ […]

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