News & Information – Island Bay security work begins this month
Changes include slightly wider traffic lanes, better visibility at driveways and intersections, and clearer markings on roads and cycle paths. Concrete buffers similar to those on Rongotai Road in Kilbirnie will provide better protection for people on bicycles and scooters, and something for people to park alongside and unload.
In November last year, Mayor Andy Foster and councilors gave the green light to a package of changes aimed at making the Parade safer. Yesterday, following consultation on the circulation changes (resolutions) needed to make these improvements, the Council’s Pūroro Āmua Planning and Environment Committee agreed to continue work south and north of the mall .
The committee also signaled its support for the planned design which will for the first time provide a continuous and safe connection for bicycles and scooters through the main shopping centre.
However, final decisions on traffic changes related to mall changes have been postponed until later in the year. The design includes replacing the existing corner parking lot with parallel parking, and this postponement will allow additional time to discuss how best to use parking in and around the downtown area.
The parallel parking design and plan should not change, but the local parking plan being developed could, for example, include more time-limited parking or spaces reserved for parking permit holders to mobility.
The committee agreed that council should strive to build a stronger relationship with the new Island Bay Residents’ Association committee. Separate funding has also been budgeted for an upgrade to commercial areas and a task force will be set up next month to look at ways to improve these public areas. Changes to the main shopping area will take place next year.
“Our decision this week will resolve the long-standing Island Bay Cycleway issue,” Mayor Andy Foster said.
“We have received a wide variety of views over the years on possible solutions, but unfortunately it is impossible to please everyone. However, I believe it is a decision that is a balanced, pragmatic and affordable solution covering the length of the Parade currently covered by the cycle path.
“I I am also excited that we have further opportunities to work with the community and find an outcome that is best for the Island Bay Village center.
Deputy Mayor Sarah Free says she hopes these decisions provide a clear path for the community and council after what has been a difficult story.
“The funding agreed to under last year’s long-term plan and our decisions in November and yesterday will address the most pressing safety issues, while recognizing that over time The Parade will likely be redeveloped into a rapid transit (MRT) route. . We can now move on and work with the community on creating places for Island Bay Village that provide the most space and safety for people.”
Puroro Amua President Councilor Iona Pannett says gContinuing with these improvements is part of our goal to develop a safe and easy-to-move city for everyone.
“It also means we can focus on our commitment to build a city-wide cycling network and prepare for future mass transit and a zero-carbon future.”
Work will begin in the block between Mersey and Reef streets, where routine resealing work is due to begin this month.