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Accessible Streets - Otumoetai

Ara haumaru ki Ōtūmoetai

Accessible Streets for Ōtūmoetai

We want to make it safer and easier for people in Matua, Bureta, Cherrywood, Ōtūmoetai, Brookfield, Bellevue, and Judea to cycle, catch a bus, or walk to key places, within Ōtūmoetai, as well as into the city centre.

We also want to improve safety for people driving. This includes making changes to Waihi Road and Chapel Street and Cameron Road towards Harington Street.

Business case approved by council

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to Accessible Streets for Ōtūmoetai earlier this year (2023). You can review the summary of community feedback here and see the updated early design below. (972kb pdf).

Your feedback helped us to establish an updated preferred option for inclusion within the business case, which was presented to council on 11 December 2023 and approved. Next, this business case with be shared with NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi for funding approval.

Read the media release.

Why are we delivering Accessible Streets?  

We want to achieve the following benefits: 

  • Improved safety for everyone.
  • New separated cycleways designed for all ages and abilities.
  • Safer intersections and pedestrian crossings.
  • Better access to public transport and improved infrastructure.
  • Changes to road layouts to improve the safety of our streets, particularly around schools
  • Improved bus stops and bus shelters.
  • Improved bus journey or travel times at key locations.
  • There are social benefits active travel creates, including improvements to health, a reduction in household costs, and a reduction in emissions

Proposed changes include new road layouts in some places, introducing traffic lights at key intersections, new traffic calming measures and reducing speed limits around schools during school hours, bus priority measures, as well as removing some on-street parking along the routes and introducing a one-way system on Windsor Road in Bellevue in front of Ōtūmoetai College and Ōtūmoetai Intermediate School.

Read more about Accessible Streets

Why Ōtūmoetai Peninsula?

By 2050 the Western Bay of Plenty will be home to around 258,000 residents, which will create one million extra trips on our transport network every year. There is already significant congestion in places, and because our city is built on narrow peninsulas there isn’t room to build more roads.

The Accessible Streets project also supports the Ministry of Transport’s Road to Zero Strategy to improve overall travel safety, so no-one is seriously injured or killed in road crashes. Over the past five years, 112 people have been injured along the roads where changes are proposed, including people that were driving, cycling and walking. In addition, previous community feedback shows people want safer walking and cycling routes in this area. 

Skateboarders on Waihi Road

Due to the expected population growth on the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula and the large number of local trips that could be taken by foot, bus, bike, or scooter to school and work in the city, we need to look at providing safe, healthy and environmentally friendly transport options. While people will still travel by car, we also need to plan ahead to give our community better options. 

Map of the primary cycling, bus route and multimodal areas

We have identified the primary cycling and bus routes that will connect the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula to the city centre and Te Papa peninsula via Cameron Road at two central locations: Chapel Street and Waihi Road.

These two locations will be what is known as multimodal areas. A multimodal area is a road that supports the use of a number of different transportation modes such as cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists. 

We are also proposing to have two neighbourhood street, or safer streets areas, which are proposed to include a range of  traffic calming methods around schools. 

Neighbourhood Streets overall map

Summary of community consultation

Previously, in 2020, people living in Brookfield, Judea, Bellevue, Ōtūmoetai  and Matua told the Whakahou Taketake Vital Update survey that they valued living close to parks, cycleways, walkways and reserves, and wanted better roading solutions, better public transport access, and safe cycleways.

Community consultation was also undertaken as part of the Take me to the future Ōtūmoetai 2050 to develop a 30-year plan for the area, which also showed good support for alternative ways to travel.

In August-September 2022 we asked our community for their views on getting to, from and around the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula. We presented different options to make it safer and easier for people to cycle, catch a bus or walk to popular areas within the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula, as well as into the city centre, through a survey workshops, meetings and drop-in sessions.

An early design of the community’s preferred option was endorsed by council and then presented to the public for consultation in June 2023.

Read a summary of the 2023 community consultation feedback. (972kb pdf)

Updated design

Community feedback featured strongly to establish an updated preferred option for inclusion within the stage one business case.

See a detailed summary of 2023 consultation feedback as well as our response. (349kb pdf)

The revised design in response to public consultation was approved by Council in December 2023. See the links below, which show each section of the updated design.

What happens now?

Council has approved a revised design in response to community feedback, as part of a business case.

The draft single stage business case was presented to council on 11 December and will be finalised over the coming weeks.

This project will proceed to detailed design if the business case is considered feasible and approved for funding by central government.

Key information

Project type
Transportation and movement
Community

Status
Planning

Neighbourhood
Matua-Ōtūmoetai

  • Consultation with mana whenua, key stakeholders, and the community to look at options to prepare a business case

    August – September 2022
  • Early design of preferred option

    November 2022 - April 2023
  • Consultation with mana whenua, key stakeholders and the community on the early design

    June - July 2023
  • Business case approved by Tauranga City Council

    December 2023
  • Business case to be reviewed by NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi

    2024
  • Detailed design begins (if business case approved for funding)

    2024
  • Construction begins

    TBC (construction to take place over 2-3 years)

Who's listening

Tauranga City Council

accessiblestreets@tauranga.govt.nz
07 577 7000

Glossary of terms

Below you can find descriptions and images of features of the early design.

In lane bus stops

We would like to create some ‘in lane’ bus stops to make it easier for buses to stop and help reduce bus delays as buses don’t need to re-enter a stream of traffic. This would mean changing the layout at a number of bus stops across the Ōtūmoetai Peninsula. 
This change means that cars would wait behind the bus, until the bus pulled away from the stop. Additional benefits of ‘in lane’ bus stops include increased space for people walking and cycling and more room for people to wait for the bus. It would also mean that bus stops are not so close to property boundaries.

Bus ‘jumps’ / priority lights

Changes to signals at intersections to let buses go before general traffic

Priority lights

Bus lanes

Traffic lanes for use by buses only
 

Bus lane

Transit (T2/T3) lanes

Traffic lanes for vehicles with more than one person, including buses

T3 lane

On these streets there will be a 30km/h speed limit, speed reduction measures, pedestrian upgrades, and may include other work to make the streets more people friendly through improvements such as planting, artwork and street furniture.

We will also be considering limited time speed limits outside schools.

Examples: speed humps, raised tables, road narrowing

Traffic Calming

Reduction in speed limits

To 30km/h

30kmh speed limit

Pedestrian access upgrades

To make it safer and easier to cross the road

Raised crossing

Urban intervention

Examples: planting, artwork, street furniture

Urban intervention

We want to build a 12km network of cycleways for all ages and abilities. There are a variety of options for providing cycleways.

One-way cycleway

Cycleway in the same direction as adjacent traffic usually on each side of the road

One-way cycleway

Two-way cycleway

Cycleway in both directions for cycling accommodated within one facility on one side of the road

Two-way cycleway

Shared path

A path that is intended to be used by pedestrians, cyclists, and people who use mobility devices

Shared path

Other ways to get involved

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