Papatoetoe West Streets for People

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Share your ideas for safer streets in West Papatoetoe

In the past five years, there have been 140 crashes in this part of Papatoetoe alone, with 5

serious injuries, 35 minor injuries and 100 non-injuries. For years, locals – especially those on bikes or walking – have told us about numerous issues with speeding vehicles making them feel unsafe, causing damage to property, near misses and injuries.

Prior to making permanent safety improvements, the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board want to work together with the community to trial people friendly spaces and safer ways to travel in West Papatoetoe.

The Papatoetoe West Low Traffic Neighbourhood trial is led by the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board, has been awarded funding through the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Programme (External link), and will be delivered by Auckland Transport.

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) trial?

An LTN is typically low-speed area that provides access to vehicles but prevents rat-running, short cuts, through residential roads and allocates more road space to walking and cycling. This is typically achieved through the use of ‘modal filters’, turning restrictions, ‘parklets’ or strategically placed planters and other placemaking measures.

A ‘modal filter’ is a road closure for vehicular traffic which still allow those walking, riding a bike or mobility scooter to filter through, as an alternative to more traditional methods of reducing speed and rat-running traffic through a neighbourhood.

The trial will be made through temporary improvements. This way we can learn more about what people’s preferences, which will help us inform permanent safety measures. See our FAQ section for more details.

Similar projects in Auckland can be seen on Federal Street and Sale Street in the city centre and are coming to Ponsonby Road and Onehunga.

What could the changes include?

Temporary changes to reduce speed for vehicles, provide safer crossing opportunities, and prevent traffic from using a residential road as a through road, could be achieved with:

  • Temporary street furniture such as yellow flexi-posts and concrete blocks
  • Temporary devices to reduce speeds such as rubber speed cushions
  • Artwork
  • Closing a road
  • and more!

The changes will incorporate Papatoetoe’s unique history and culture wherever practical. The design team are working with local artists and Aorere College to achieve this.

What will the trial lead to?

Papatoetoe West has been identified as a priority area for safety improvements by Auckland Transport.

The trial is a new way of working with our communities, which are adaptable and encourage community participation. By testing these different road layouts, and some of these are outside Aorere College and West Papatoetoe School, residents and the school community can experience the changes in real time and get a better understanding, rather than reading the plans on paper.

Your thoughts, ideas, concerns and feedback from the trial will all contribute to what the permanent safety improvements could look like. Ultimately, our goal will be to:

  • Make Papatoetoe West a low-speed area
  • Make it safer and easier travel on bike or foot
  • Prevent the area from being used a rat-run or short cuts
  • Incorporate residents' ideas into how all this can be advised

Please check our FAQ section to see how we will monitor the outcomes of the trial, and how decisions will be made.

Which streets are included in this project?

With a limited budget, we will have to focus on a specific area or areas within the project zone. Help us by telling us which streets you would prioritise.


Project is bounded by Station Road, Wylie Road, Puhinui Road, Southwestern Motorway and Portage Road.


How you can have your say?

You can :

  • Drop in and meet the project team from 4-6pm every Wednesday at Papatoetoe Library, 30 Wallace Rd (19 May - 16 June)
  • Email the project team at papatoetoesafestreets@at.govt.nz
  • Share your ideas with us and tell us which parts of west Papatoetoe could do with some love
  • Complete the surveys on this website. The pre-implementation survey is now closed. A new post-implementation survey will be up after the 17 May when installation is complete.

Share your ideas for safer streets in West Papatoetoe

In the past five years, there have been 140 crashes in this part of Papatoetoe alone, with 5

serious injuries, 35 minor injuries and 100 non-injuries. For years, locals – especially those on bikes or walking – have told us about numerous issues with speeding vehicles making them feel unsafe, causing damage to property, near misses and injuries.

Prior to making permanent safety improvements, the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board want to work together with the community to trial people friendly spaces and safer ways to travel in West Papatoetoe.

The Papatoetoe West Low Traffic Neighbourhood trial is led by the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board, has been awarded funding through the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Programme (External link), and will be delivered by Auckland Transport.

What is a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) trial?

An LTN is typically low-speed area that provides access to vehicles but prevents rat-running, short cuts, through residential roads and allocates more road space to walking and cycling. This is typically achieved through the use of ‘modal filters’, turning restrictions, ‘parklets’ or strategically placed planters and other placemaking measures.

A ‘modal filter’ is a road closure for vehicular traffic which still allow those walking, riding a bike or mobility scooter to filter through, as an alternative to more traditional methods of reducing speed and rat-running traffic through a neighbourhood.

The trial will be made through temporary improvements. This way we can learn more about what people’s preferences, which will help us inform permanent safety measures. See our FAQ section for more details.

Similar projects in Auckland can be seen on Federal Street and Sale Street in the city centre and are coming to Ponsonby Road and Onehunga.

What could the changes include?

Temporary changes to reduce speed for vehicles, provide safer crossing opportunities, and prevent traffic from using a residential road as a through road, could be achieved with:

  • Temporary street furniture such as yellow flexi-posts and concrete blocks
  • Temporary devices to reduce speeds such as rubber speed cushions
  • Artwork
  • Closing a road
  • and more!

The changes will incorporate Papatoetoe’s unique history and culture wherever practical. The design team are working with local artists and Aorere College to achieve this.

What will the trial lead to?

Papatoetoe West has been identified as a priority area for safety improvements by Auckland Transport.

The trial is a new way of working with our communities, which are adaptable and encourage community participation. By testing these different road layouts, and some of these are outside Aorere College and West Papatoetoe School, residents and the school community can experience the changes in real time and get a better understanding, rather than reading the plans on paper.

Your thoughts, ideas, concerns and feedback from the trial will all contribute to what the permanent safety improvements could look like. Ultimately, our goal will be to:

  • Make Papatoetoe West a low-speed area
  • Make it safer and easier travel on bike or foot
  • Prevent the area from being used a rat-run or short cuts
  • Incorporate residents' ideas into how all this can be advised

Please check our FAQ section to see how we will monitor the outcomes of the trial, and how decisions will be made.

Which streets are included in this project?

With a limited budget, we will have to focus on a specific area or areas within the project zone. Help us by telling us which streets you would prioritise.


Project is bounded by Station Road, Wylie Road, Puhinui Road, Southwestern Motorway and Portage Road.


How you can have your say?

You can :

  • Drop in and meet the project team from 4-6pm every Wednesday at Papatoetoe Library, 30 Wallace Rd (19 May - 16 June)
  • Email the project team at papatoetoesafestreets@at.govt.nz
  • Share your ideas with us and tell us which parts of west Papatoetoe could do with some love
  • Complete the surveys on this website. The pre-implementation survey is now closed. A new post-implementation survey will be up after the 17 May when installation is complete.