Mt Roskill Safe Routes

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Auckland Transport engaged GHD to advise on providing safe and connecting cycle networks in the Mt Roskill area of Auckland, as part of the Mt Roskill Safe Routes project.

Our team developed safe and connecting cycle networks that seek to build the confidence of young or inexperienced cyclists, as well as increasing the commuting choices for those travelling to school or work. This involves utilising existing open spaces with local streets and roadways, to create improved and enhanced public walking and cycling facilities and experiences.

New and innovative approaches were trialed by GHD and Auckland Transport to achieve the optimal provision of facilities and safety for cyclists. specific treatments, including “Sharrows” and “Toucans”, were recommended for the first time in New Zealand as part of the scheme assessment of the project.

The $4.9 million project involved high levels of engineering and urban design expertise. This included the application of water sensitive designs to detain and treat stormwater runoff, providing safe and pedestrian-priority crossing points at intersecting streets to reduce actual and perceived risks.

In addition to engineering considerations, it was necessary to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. This included obtaining land easement agreement along the route, obtaining support from the council prior to consent lodgement, and being flexible in design due to public’s hesitant perception. Managing these challenges while embracing the philosophy of greenways were crucial to this project’s success particularly when there were no precedents in Auckland.

The Mt Roskill Safe Routes project will contribute significantly to Auckland Transport’s target to deliver 70% of the Auckland Cycle Network by 2023. It directly supports the mayor’s vision of making Auckland one of the world’s most liveable cities by investing in cycle networks. On the opening day of the project, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff stated:

"Providing safe walking and cycling paths like this provides people of all ages with greater travel options to get to schools, shops, parks or for recreation. Imagine what we can do in this city of ours if we get more kids back on their bikes or walking to school."

Contact: Jason Chow



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