Safer pedestrian facilities in Victoria Quarter

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Please sign this petition today to advocate for safer pedestrian facilities in the Cook Street, Nelson Street and Union Street area.

This petition is addressed to the Mayor, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, the Waitematā Local Board, Auckland City Centre Advisory Board, NZTA and the Ministers for Transport and Urban Development asking for the delivery of safer walking facilities for Auckland City Centre’s nearly 20,000 residents living in and around the Victoria Quarter (the area bounded by Victoria, Hobson and Union Streets).

The Petition
This highly urbanised area is dangerous and unpleasant for its many thousands of residents and visitors, especially the young and the old. The poor environment reflects an ongoing lack of care and interest in these residents' needs by all parties that this petition is addressed to. Please sign to support the residents of this growing inner-city community in having their basic safety and movement needs met.

Objectives

  • A change in mind-set from NZTA and Auckland Transport with regards to how pedestrians are prioritised
  • Allocation of City Centre Targeted Rate funding and Auckland Transport Walking & Cycling Funding
  • Provision of a safe, all-age-friendly crossing of Cook Street in alignment with residents' desire lines down the hill towards Victoria Park and Wynyard Quarter
  • The Nelson Street slip-lane must be prioritised as a safe, pleasant route for residents with good urban design that reflects the ambitions of Auckland, rather than its car oriented past
  • The current prioritisation of Union and Wellington Streets as motorway on-ramps for cars to the Northern, Southern and Western Motorways must be scaled back and re-prioritised to meet the growing needs of rapidly increasing numbers of local residents, especially children going to and from school
  • Nelson and Hobson Streets must be re-calibrated to reflect the new reality of the City Centre, where place, walkability and community matter more than traffic flows
  • Rectify the degraded and hazardous footpaths, and maintain their quality and compliance to ensure universal access for all ages and abilities
  • Take meaningful measures to ensure that illegal parking, vehicle speeding, vehicle noise and widespread red light running are tackled
  • Create new public spaces in this area that are targeted towards residents and not focused around commercial uses and car parking
  • Take action to progress the City Centre Master Plan objectives for the area
  • Consider the needs of residents moving within and across the inner city, not just the needs of those travelling to and from the city for all future transit plans and projects
  • The recently agreed Roads and Streets Framework must be meaningfully implemented

We request that all addressees respond to the Auckland City Centre Residents' Group to arrange a meeting to discuss how we can productively work at achieving these goals, including consultation with the various community groups effected by these issues.

Justification

These improvements are not difficult to justify - this is by far the most densely populated place in New Zealand, and thus the per-capita benefit of any improvement is massively greater than anywhere else.

Equally great is the moral imperative - more people live in the city centre than commute in by car.

Every City Centre resident provides benefits to Auckland and New Zealand:

  • Every home built brownfield (existing) areas saves Auckland Council around $146,000 in infrastructure compared with greenfield (new) sites
  • Reduced congestion on roads
  • Reduced pressure on transit
  • Reduced load on the health system due to inherently active lifestyles
  • Low impact lifestyles that help to meet Auckland and New Zealand’s targets for reducing Carbon emissions

What to know more? Visit https://www.ccrg.org.nz/petitions/victoria-quarter



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