Auckland Transport has a range of projects underway supporting the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board initiative of being ‘a well-connected area’. This includes: The recent release of public consultation information for the walking and cycling routes that will link Māngere and Ōtāhuhu. Auckland Transport are still delivering Ōtāhuhu’s Streetscape work. The Local Board plan for upgrading the Māngere East Town Centre will soon be discussed with the Council. Auckland Transport also aims to improve the amount of shelter at the Māngere Town Centre Bus Station.
Support is continuing for the Ōtāhuhu Portage route being open to recreation, walking and cycling and is implementation of the Norana path walkway and funding is a priority for the Local Paths projects.
In recent months, Auckland Transport has provided advice about a number of projects that could be delivered to improve Future Streets. Improving the walking and cycling route through Ashgrove Reserve has been identified for design. Auckland Transport also has a range of ‘activation’ activities underway.
The re-development of the Māngere East Town Centre is the MOLB’s main priority during the Long Term Plan.
Te Ara Mua – Future Streets, a project encouraging safe walking and cycling around Māngere has taken out the supreme award at the 2017 Bike to the Future Awards. Organised by New Zealand Transport Agency and the Cycling Action Network, the awards celebrate the projects making cycling a better way to get around and were announced at the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress. Te Ara Mua – Future Streets was also finalist in the Innovation Hub Award category, which recognises excellence in design, engineering or construction of cycling, walking and bus facilities. It also recognises innovative planning processes, materials, designs, partnerships, procurement or delivery models.