How did the project begin?
Auckland Council was awarded funding from Waka Kotahi under their Innovating Streets for People programme to implement this project. The Council saw an opportunity to test ideas that could make our streets safer and more accessible for everyone.
Why are changes being made?
Cities evolve and this is a great opportunity for the city centre to consider small scale upgrades that could make our city an even better place to live into the future. ‘Creating Safer Streets – Emily Place’ is about improving your experience and safety on the street.
How long will the project last?
We will trial the changes over a three-month period during which time we will be monitoring and evaluating them. At the end of the trial period, we will make an informed decision about what will be kept, modified or removed based on the data collected.
I don't like these changes - what should I do?
The key word here is `trial’. We are trying out a few ideas over three months. Over this time we will be gathering the community’s feedback on the changes. At the conclusion of the trials we’ll consider all of this feedback and produce an outcome that works for the community. We encourage people to be open to new ideas, to think about the long-term picture and how we can make small improvements to our city centre.
How can I have my say?
We want your feedback on these temporary changes, please join the online conversation.
How will decisions be made about what changes will be kept and what will be removed?
After the changes are implemented, we will trial them for three months during which time we will monitor and evaluate the changes. We will be conducting surveys and will be looking for feedback during this time. At the end of the trial period, we will make an informed decision about what will be kept, modified or removed based on the data collected.
How do these changes make the areas safer and more accessible?
The proposed changes include a simplified road layout, street art, footpath extensions, public realm improvements and planter boxes. The changes aim to reduce traffic hazards and address the security concerns making it easier and safer for pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders.
Will Emily Place turn into a one-way street?
A one-way network will make the street easier to navigate by pedestrians - it will streamline traffic flow and make vehicle movements more predictable, creating a safer environment.
If you remove car parks where will I be able to park?
Resident permit parking and some general public parking will remain on Emily Place. The streets surrounding Emily Place have additional on-street parking and parking buildings.
Who is paying?
90% of the budget is funded by Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency). The remaining 10% is funded by Auckland Council.