Henderson Streets for People

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Artwork design by Jermaine ReihanaArtwork by Jermaine Reihana - to be installed at the intersection of Great North Rd, Railside Ave and Ratanui St, Henderson

11 Oct 2021 - Update

Works will begin tonight to remove and adapt the trial elements starting with Great North Rd. To read more visit 11 October 2021 update.

22 Sep 2021 - Update

With the move into COVID-19 L3 restrictions, works will begin within the week to remove and adapt the trial elements once the road safety audit is completed.

18 Aug 2021 - Update

During COVID-19 L4 restrictions all physical road works need to be placed on hold, unless deemed essential. The works will commence once L3 restrictions are in place.

5 Aug 2021 - Decision announced on the future of the trial

Eke Panuku’s Henderson Streets for People trial has now been completed with most elements scheduled for removal and some minor elements retained or adapted.

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

The trial tested a number of different ways to make Henderson’s streets better for people walking and cycling, to add colour and vibrancy, and to make the town centre less dominated by traffic while collecting ‘real time’ feedback and traffic data.

Eke Panuku tested quick, temporary changes to see how well they worked, which could be adapted based on feedback collected from the community’s experience of the changes, before assessing its long-term future.

Taking data collected and feedback from the trial into consideration, of the 10 elements trialled, the following will be removed over the next eight weeks:

  • The bus lane on Railside Avenue, south of Edsel Street
  • The single lane restrictions on both directions of Great North Road. This will return to two lanes in each direction
  • The temporary shared path on Great North Road. Car parking will also be reinstated
  • The parklet outside 385 Great North Road
  • The removal of the bus lane and shared path on Railside Avenue (between Stevies Lane and Great North Road) – completed in July 2021
  • The reinstatement of the left turn lane from Great North Road onto Henderson Valley Road – completed in July 2021

The following elements will be adapted:

  • The right turn restrictions into and out of WestCity mall on Railside Avenue will be adapted to include more suitable planter boxes
  • The intersection roadway artwork on Great North Road/Railside Avenue/Ratanui Street may need to be adapted to ensure vehicle speeds remain low around it

The following elements will remain:

  • The roadway artwork located on Trading Place
  • The roadway artwork located on Waitākere Lane
  • The shared path on Ratanui Street

The data showed that the changes trialled reduced vehicle speeds and volumes through the town centre, improved the sense of safety for cyclists and pedestrians and had minimal impact on overall business spend. Travel times, however, did increase.

Community feedback stated that some businesses felt financially impacted, and the tactical implementation of these changes resulted in frustration with the resulting congestion.

Henderson will require better and safer connections for walking and cycling. To ensure that there are no gaps in the regional cycle network, the council whānau will capitalise on significant investment in rail and support the quality intensification of the town centre. An important outcome of the trial is that the information collected has shown there are options to shift some traffic to the outer ring roads if needed. The trial has highlighted opportunities to better work with the community to talk about future projects and find solutions that better meet the existing and future needs of the community.

About Henderson Streets for People

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

Since November last year, Eke Panuku and Auckland Transport worked with locals to bring together a range of different ideas to trial including establishment of a community advisory group made up of representatives from Te Kawerau ā Maki, the Henderson-Massey Local Board, community leaders, businesses, residents and local organisations. The advisory group helped guide the project to encourage a diversity of local views which were gathered from co-design sessions held at a pop-up shop on Railside Ave, the Henderson Christmas Festival, Te Puna Market and other events. The ideas gathered were temporarily trialled in Henderson from May to July 2021.

Next steps:

  • The removal and adaptations of the trial will begin in late August 2021, and may take up to eight weeks to be completed. This is because the removals are dependent on weather and traffic management approvals being in place. All works will take place at night.
  • A full data report will be made available later this month, which will provide a summary of the data gathered.
  • Eke Panuku will look to provide further participation opportunities on the future of the Henderson town centre.

Thank you to the people of Henderson who provided feedback from the co-design sessions through to the completion of the trial.

To find out more about Eke Panuku’s long-term regeneration plans for Henderson, visit www.panuku.co.nz/henderson


Images of the trial

A few images of the changes from 5 to 16 July to reinstate Railside Ave (between Stevies Lane and Great North Rd) and the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd

Looking from the intersection down Railside Ave to the train station

Reinstatement of the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd


A few images of the temporary changes installed during 13 May to 12 June.


Intersection installed
Great North Rd/ Ratanui St and Railside Ave

Intersection - in use


Trading Place


Trading Place
Great North Rd/Ratanui St/Railside Ave


Railside Ave - Planters installed


Progress from late 2020

Last year through a series of co-design workshops, Henderson locals shared their ideas for ways to make central Henderson streets safer, more vibrant and less dominated by traffic. We opened a Pop Up Shop on Railside Ave and during the two week period, 79 locals dropped in and participated in our co-design workshops and we received in total 500 pieces of feedback including from 150 locals at the Henderson Christmas Festival and other local events. The input gained has given us valuable insights for the project. Check out the 'updates' under the documents section.

Henderson locals giving feedback
Sign up below to stay informed on the trial

Artwork design by Jermaine ReihanaArtwork by Jermaine Reihana - to be installed at the intersection of Great North Rd, Railside Ave and Ratanui St, Henderson

11 Oct 2021 - Update

Works will begin tonight to remove and adapt the trial elements starting with Great North Rd. To read more visit 11 October 2021 update.

22 Sep 2021 - Update

With the move into COVID-19 L3 restrictions, works will begin within the week to remove and adapt the trial elements once the road safety audit is completed.

18 Aug 2021 - Update

During COVID-19 L4 restrictions all physical road works need to be placed on hold, unless deemed essential. The works will commence once L3 restrictions are in place.

5 Aug 2021 - Decision announced on the future of the trial

Eke Panuku’s Henderson Streets for People trial has now been completed with most elements scheduled for removal and some minor elements retained or adapted.

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

The trial tested a number of different ways to make Henderson’s streets better for people walking and cycling, to add colour and vibrancy, and to make the town centre less dominated by traffic while collecting ‘real time’ feedback and traffic data.

Eke Panuku tested quick, temporary changes to see how well they worked, which could be adapted based on feedback collected from the community’s experience of the changes, before assessing its long-term future.

Taking data collected and feedback from the trial into consideration, of the 10 elements trialled, the following will be removed over the next eight weeks:

  • The bus lane on Railside Avenue, south of Edsel Street
  • The single lane restrictions on both directions of Great North Road. This will return to two lanes in each direction
  • The temporary shared path on Great North Road. Car parking will also be reinstated
  • The parklet outside 385 Great North Road
  • The removal of the bus lane and shared path on Railside Avenue (between Stevies Lane and Great North Road) – completed in July 2021
  • The reinstatement of the left turn lane from Great North Road onto Henderson Valley Road – completed in July 2021

The following elements will be adapted:

  • The right turn restrictions into and out of WestCity mall on Railside Avenue will be adapted to include more suitable planter boxes
  • The intersection roadway artwork on Great North Road/Railside Avenue/Ratanui Street may need to be adapted to ensure vehicle speeds remain low around it

The following elements will remain:

  • The roadway artwork located on Trading Place
  • The roadway artwork located on Waitākere Lane
  • The shared path on Ratanui Street

The data showed that the changes trialled reduced vehicle speeds and volumes through the town centre, improved the sense of safety for cyclists and pedestrians and had minimal impact on overall business spend. Travel times, however, did increase.

Community feedback stated that some businesses felt financially impacted, and the tactical implementation of these changes resulted in frustration with the resulting congestion.

Henderson will require better and safer connections for walking and cycling. To ensure that there are no gaps in the regional cycle network, the council whānau will capitalise on significant investment in rail and support the quality intensification of the town centre. An important outcome of the trial is that the information collected has shown there are options to shift some traffic to the outer ring roads if needed. The trial has highlighted opportunities to better work with the community to talk about future projects and find solutions that better meet the existing and future needs of the community.

About Henderson Streets for People

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

Since November last year, Eke Panuku and Auckland Transport worked with locals to bring together a range of different ideas to trial including establishment of a community advisory group made up of representatives from Te Kawerau ā Maki, the Henderson-Massey Local Board, community leaders, businesses, residents and local organisations. The advisory group helped guide the project to encourage a diversity of local views which were gathered from co-design sessions held at a pop-up shop on Railside Ave, the Henderson Christmas Festival, Te Puna Market and other events. The ideas gathered were temporarily trialled in Henderson from May to July 2021.

Next steps:

  • The removal and adaptations of the trial will begin in late August 2021, and may take up to eight weeks to be completed. This is because the removals are dependent on weather and traffic management approvals being in place. All works will take place at night.
  • A full data report will be made available later this month, which will provide a summary of the data gathered.
  • Eke Panuku will look to provide further participation opportunities on the future of the Henderson town centre.

Thank you to the people of Henderson who provided feedback from the co-design sessions through to the completion of the trial.

To find out more about Eke Panuku’s long-term regeneration plans for Henderson, visit www.panuku.co.nz/henderson


Images of the trial

A few images of the changes from 5 to 16 July to reinstate Railside Ave (between Stevies Lane and Great North Rd) and the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd

Looking from the intersection down Railside Ave to the train station

Reinstatement of the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd


A few images of the temporary changes installed during 13 May to 12 June.


Intersection installed
Great North Rd/ Ratanui St and Railside Ave

Intersection - in use


Trading Place


Trading Place
Great North Rd/Ratanui St/Railside Ave


Railside Ave - Planters installed


Progress from late 2020

Last year through a series of co-design workshops, Henderson locals shared their ideas for ways to make central Henderson streets safer, more vibrant and less dominated by traffic. We opened a Pop Up Shop on Railside Ave and during the two week period, 79 locals dropped in and participated in our co-design workshops and we received in total 500 pieces of feedback including from 150 locals at the Henderson Christmas Festival and other local events. The input gained has given us valuable insights for the project. Check out the 'updates' under the documents section.

Henderson locals giving feedback
Sign up below to stay informed on the trial

Comments

Tell us what you think is most important for Henderson's town centre streets?

abbaby68 4 months ago

Hi there. Ive worked around Henderson for a number of years, and most days i take a walk around the area. I dont want to comment on any of the additions other than the entry to the westfield carpark on Railside Ave. This has always been a very dangerous area for pedestrians, with cars entering and exiting from different directions. I have had many close calls walking around here, nearly being hit by drivers who are rushing through small gaps in the traffic. I fully support retaining the current changes to this area, and not allowing people to turn right into the carpark from railside. Also support continuing no right turn exit from the carpark. Please retain these changes!!! It is so much safer now for pedestrians! Thanks,

77 4 months ago

Hi, I pressed next too soon on the feedback so didn’t get to fill in the text fields and it doesn’t seem to let me go back. I won’t participate in the forum because it’s pretty nasty in there and I could do without replies to my posts. I love many of the changes on this trial. The artwork colour and design is great - really vibrant and exciting and certainly better than tarmac grey. The red planters are also awesome, make it quite difficult for errant drivers to circumvent them, and the colour is a great contrast. The separated cycle lanes are really great, they allow me to cycle bits where before I would have been on the pavement.
Since the project has been underway, I have discovered lots of new shops and eateries in Henderson town centre I didn’t know about before.
The Gt North Rd bit in particular seems like a really good reallocation of live lane to parking lane and the bit at the Alderman end which takes away the slip lane is possibly my favourite bit - that junction is one of the worst bits of Henderson on a bike or on foot - the slip lane always made it worse because it gives you an extra leg to cross and the cars were not very predictable here. So this is very appreciated. My criticism of the cycle lanes is that it’s not super clear what they are - I know officially they are shared paths - but so far I have seen cyclists stay on the footpath, probably because they’re not aware these are spaces for them to use. You can’t expect people to change the habits that keep them safe without some pretty direct instruction. Also the ends of them (on Ratanui and Railside) are kind of difficult to get into. I know they are probably like this to stop cars driving down them but maybe this could be a bit clearer too. (In fact the Ratanui entrance was entirely blocked by a giant SUV - from the protest I think - when I visited last weekend.) In terms of driving, I haven’t driven here but it looks like Railside is carrying just as many cars as it did before, even though it’s supposed to be buses only. The Trading Place stuff is good and the cut through to Falls is excellent, I have been using that for a while (apart from the staples to cross the bridge need to go). The next obvious bit would be to link the main intersection with the Trading Place bit via Gt North Rd. I noticed Gt North Rd needs heaps more bike parking - the traffic light and sign poles along here have big square bases which means you can’t lock your bike to them. The best thing next would be to join the trial bits with the existing bits of twin streams - something better for the Alderman intersection (including much better signage to show the twin streams paths) and the completion of the Henderson Creek path with Vitasovich through the mall car parks.
I’m not sure if the boardwalk bit outside Wood Bros is finished? It would have been good to add some seating and/or some bike parking here.
The main criticism I have of the whole project is its rollout - it was so piecemeal for so long that I think people didn’t quite know what was going on and so didn’t have a “date” to change their driving habits - they kept driving the same way they always did and were then surprised when it was no longer allowed. I think it would be much better to roll out these kind of projects as quickly as possible.
I really hope most of this trial is allowed to stay. Cars don’t shop, people do. Henderson town centre in general could do with some love, but that’s down to landlords, business owners and the community to support.

Carol Green 4 months ago

Really cheap, nasty and tacky looking. Can't believe so much money (My tax money) has been wasted on this rubbish, traffic is a nightmare and to be completely blunt about it public transport in Auckland (well, NZ in general really) is a complete joke so before you try and force us out of our cars you should really look at a place like Germany or Holland so that you can learn what town planning is all about because what you're doing here has nothing in common with town planning.
Limiting traffic flow on the main arterial GT north road is probably the dumbest thing I've seen any Council do.

Racoguy 4 months ago

I am certainly opposed to the changes that have been made. Firstly I will quote from your own 'rules'
"It's illegal to 'damage or deface" any building or other structure (a bridge for example) by writing, drawing, painting, spraying or etching on it, or by marking it in some other way. This offence also covers tagging roads, trees or other property like trains, cars and yachts."
So then how is this right to do this in our town???
The 'in your face' colour, art work and planters on the roads are so distracting.
I do not see that many cyclists in the town to warrant a 'lane' for their use. I would like to ask as to how many cyclists go through Henderson and has there been a survey taken to warrant this useful lane for them at the cost of taking away car parks closer to the curb.
Was there a consultative process with the residents - like letter box drop offs as I do not recall receiving one.
Overall, my reaction was one of horror and disbelief that our town was being converted into a place where you will want to hang out - do that in the Mall or cafes but for the streets to be prettied up is another matter.
There are many streets in our town that need repair work - spend the money on that instead of pretty things.
Put my name on the side of the ledger that says Opposition.

Brenda Ball 5 months ago

Good start, made cycling and walking much safer. This is the most important thing.
However, parts of the implementation aren't great. The blue paint, the planters and barriers, these are good.
The design, that's the bad bit. Planter boxes preventing bikes and people entering the lanes, this is bad but could be fixed easily.
Too many cars and beg buttons at the main intersection. The pedestrian crossings need to be on timers and go on automatically.

dgroberts79 5 months ago

this is utterly embarrassing and a good way to kill any remaining heart Henderson had.

Andrew M 5 months ago

This is a great idea Getting vehicles away from pedestrians is the way the world is going. (not like Westgate though. I have photos of Westgate where cars are parked all over the pedestrian footpaths, and most cars that do drive through do not adhere to the recommended speed limit. I do remember in Waitakere Council days that they did try a pedestrian part of main street, but it kept the people away from the local shops because they just drove straight to the shopping mall's
and business sagged.

Bob 9 months ago
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