SunLive         

Feedback for Mount trial closes on Monday

An artist’s impression of what Pilot Bay would look like during the trial. Supplied image.

Tauranga City Council is encouraging the public to share their ideas for a trial to test temporary changes to street layouts in The Mount.

The main aim of the project is to create ‘Streets for people’ by making busy Mount streets safer and more enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities, whether they travel on foot, in a car, on a bike, skateboard, roller skates or (mobility) scooter.

Community feedback for the project ‘Innovating Streets at The Mount’ closes on Monday 7 September at 11 pm.

Why make Mount streets safer and more enjoyable?

  •   •  There are large numbers of people in cars, on bikes, on foot, on mobility scooters and other modes of transport sharing a limited road space. We want people of all ages and abilities to feel safe and confident when travelling in this area.

  •   •  We need to increase the opportunities for safe active travel, which is good for our health and the environment.

  •   •  The COVID-19 lockdown showed us that there was a huge suppressed demand for activities such as biking and scootering that was realised when traffic volumes decreased, and people felt safer on our streets.

  •   •  The popularity and the population pressures at The Mount are only likely to increase. We need to explore new ways of doing things to accommodate more people.

  •   •  Traffic accidents are occurring with cyclists and pedestrians along key routes. The number is not substantial, probably because of the slow vehicle speeds. However, with an expected increase in the numbers of people on foot and other active travel modes, the accident risk is likely to increase, at which point, significant action may be required. We want to consider ways of avoiding that situation.

  •   •  The Tay Street intersection area in particular has a history of safety challenges, which will need to be addressed in the near-term, and the trials give us the opportunity to evaluate potential solutions at minimal cost.

To understand how council and the community can make The Mount safer, more accessible and more attractive, council needs to know:

  •   •  How easy and safe is it for you to move around The Mount?

  •   •  Which routes should be included in the trial?

  •   •  What do you think we should change and what should we keep?

The feedback form is available online at www.tauranga.govt.nz/innovatingstreets. Printed forms are available at the Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park, Mount Maunganui Library, Mount Hot Pools and Baywave. Or people can call council at (07) 577 7000.

"The results of this feedback round will be used to inform a design group of around 20 community members," says a council spokesperson.

"This group will consist of a balanced mix of people – some who are for and some who are reluctant to make any changes.

"The group will discuss the implications of any proposed solutions and come up with their own ideas as well. This will play a vital role in determining the plan for the trial."

Two more rounds of feedback are planned for this project: one in November 2020, where council will ask the public what they think of specific design options, and one after April 2021 once the trial is set up, to evaluate how people feel about any changes.
 

More on SunLive...
11 Comments
You must be logged in to make a comment. Login Now

Not a councilor in sight

Posted on 07-09-2020 13:56 | By

Went to the info tent at main beach on sat and it was manned by two bikies. Yet photo in sunlive showed 2 councilors all smiles. The two guys were their to defend the bikes tracks, they were bias. What about this, the trial will be next april when the mall is dead, it should be in Jan/feb. Daft lets do a trial when it can only go well ! Council will spoil the mount and the trial will stay. It is not needed. Its 30kms now so traffic is slow, Bikes use the boardwalk. There are very few bikes anyway. We need to stand up to these silly people and there agenda’s that suits them alone. Crazy

Just useless.

Posted on 05-09-2020 15:37 | By First Responder

Instead of new projects, fix the ones youve stuffed. Greerton roundabout, a total mess, with ques to Kent St, and to Greenpark. Welcome Bay, another mess. At least alter Ohauiti Rd, so cars can turn right and get into town, instead of having to navigate 2 roundabouts. 15th Ave, all that work, and still not 4 lanes, with bus stops in the road lane. Just useless.

Foresight-Bayfair/ Hewletts Road

Posted on 05-09-2020 11:16 | By

Has anyone from TCC started to think about the traffic congestion that is going to be created by the new flyover at Bayfair??? At peak traffic times we are still going to have the same problem of congestion along Hewletts Road given the amount of traffic lights along this stretch of road that severely impact on the traffic flow. Why doesn’t our council have some foresight to anticipate these problems beforehand.

Will they listen

Posted on 05-09-2020 11:07 | By

There’s no point asking for public feedback if you already have a plan in place that you are going to implement anyway. Rather than impacting on the roadway, why don’t Council build another Boardwalk along the beach for Cyclists to use. To make the Mount a place more people can access we need more car parking. Rather than having a one way system create angled parking on the beachside of the road and take away the minimal parking on the other side. You would be creating at least 2 angle car parking spaces for ever one space there currently is now. Easier access for motorists & families to park safely. They can then use their bikes on the new boardwalk along the beach next to the current one.

Nominate TGA council worst in nation

Posted on 04-09-2020 17:01 | By jed

Council just raised my rates 15%. They told me it would likely rise by another 10-15% next year because this years rates rises were reduced because of covid. They are out of control and I trust nothing they do. Look at their massive multimillion dollar failures across multiple projects.

Listen up

Posted on 04-09-2020 15:51 | By

My idea to TCC Mayor and Councillors - do nothing apart from resign immediately. Stop all projects, dissolve Council and call an election. Powell, Baldock, Clout, Abrie don’t bother standing again. This idea is better than any you have ever had.

Traffic

Posted on 04-09-2020 14:18 | By Mallyg

yep you are all on the button about the council i was on cameron rd thursday at 11am traffic Backed up from mite10 to 15 ave 30years ago it was 4 lines from CBD to Pyes Pa cheers mallyg

Apathy kills

Posted on 04-09-2020 11:09 | By Kancho

Yep if you say nothing you get whatever the traffic designers think may workout. I don’t live in the Mount and an infequent visitor but I’m still very unhappy with what happened in Greerton. Seems your time has run out. At least you got a trial Greerton just got everything set in concrete and have to lump it.

@ Angels

Posted on 04-09-2020 10:42 | By

I’d be surprised if these "planners" actually drive anywhere. I get the feeling they walk and cycle a lot and LOOOOOVE busses! Perhaps if they had jobs like normal folk and not paid from endless ratepayers credit they would understand that vehicles take priority. Not busses. Not Bicycles. Not pedestrians or homeless people that want to go for a walk. Vehicles! Transporting people that need to get to work!

What's the point anyway?

Posted on 04-09-2020 10:24 | By

The decision is already there in Council. This is just the case of going through the motion to demonstrate that a process was followed. We will be inconvenienced by this move. Disgraceful move and I support the comments made by "Angels". Also, when are cyclists going to start paying for their facilities as vehicle users do?

When will we learn

Posted on 04-09-2020 09:35 | By Angels

Ever road project that we have put in place in Tauranga in the last several years turns out to be disastrous. Greerton, welcome bay etc. road planner only care about bikes and pedestrians. Cars and traffic at the very bottom of the list. Traffic flows and disruption is their key goal. Our traffic congestion is disgraceful already. We have another disaster coming. When will we learn