What We Are Learning

Are people safer walking and cycling?

Road user interactions

Road user interactions

Aim To understand if walking and cycling in Māngere Central was made easier and safer.  Method Video footage was collected in 2014 (before the street changes) and 2018 (after the street changes) at three locations. Each year, data were collected in March on two week...

Vehicle volumes and speed

Vehicle volumes and speed

Aim In this research, we wanted to find out what the effect of the street changes were on the number and speed of motor vehicles travelling in Māngere. The street changes aimed to make it easier and safer to travel in Māngere, especially by walking and cycling.Method...

Crashes

Crashes

A pre-post analysis of crashes that occurred in the intervention area two years before the street changes, and two years after the street changes was conducted. Data are still being analysed and more detail will be included here at a later date. FindingsThe results...

Has the way people get around the community changed?

Improved access for all

Improved access for all

What We Learnt » Are people safer walking and cycling? Street changes at Mascot Avenue (near the Bader Drive end) have created a more user-friendly environment for pedestrians. There are particular benefits for people using mobility devices, prams, and shopping...

Household survey results

Household survey results

Aim The main aim of the household survey is to understand travel and activity behaviours of people living in the study areas and their perceptions of their neighbourhoods. The survey also collected information about road traffic injuries and general characteristics of...

Pedestrian and cycle counts

Pedestrian and cycle counts

Aim To understand if the number of people walking and cycling had changed in Māngere Central after the street changes were made. Method Video data were collected at twelve sites in Māngere Central and Māngere East before the street changes were made (2014), and then...

What does the community think of the changes?

This section details findings from research about community experiences and perceptions of the changes. Many different research questions were asked (and this research is ongoing). In general, people like the placemaking aspects, and better provision for pedestrians. There were some concerns about cycle lanes and loss of parking. Browse through each section below to find out more.

Project design – Mana Whenua engagement

Project design – Mana Whenua engagement

What We Learnt » Are people safer walking and cycling?Mana whenua were engaged in the design process of this project with the aim of bringing important cultural elements to the fore in the design of the street changes. A journal article is currently being written...

What do children think of the changes?

What do children think of the changes?

Aim To understand how children and young people travelled around Māngere, and their views on strengths and challenges of the local street and greenways networks for moving about the neighbourhood (2014). To explore children and young people’s knowledge of, and...

What do adults think of the changes?

What do adults think of the changes?

Aim To understand how local residents were experiencing the street changes 18 months after completion.Methods Three focus groups with Māngere residents were held in August 2018. Participants had all taken part in a Te Ara Mua – Future Streets survey in 2014 and/or...

Balancing the view

Balancing the view

It is important to take a balanced view of how people see the changes in Māngere. Below, we discuss some of these aspects of the project.Parking in the bike lane Parking and bike lanes There has been some loss of parking, to make way for bike lanes, and some people...

Community perceptions

Community perceptions

Community experiences of Te Ara Mua – Future Streets were researched for a Masters project at the University of Auckland.AimTo understand how people from the Māngere community experienced Te Ara Mua – Future Streets changes, particularly for walking and...

Have the changes improved wellbeing?

Diabetes risk

Diabetes risk

A pre-post analysis of diabetes risk in the intervention area will be conducted. Baseline data have been collected and follow-up data will be collected as part of an HRC grant in 2020.FindingsData will be collected in 2020.

Physical activity

Physical activity

A pre-post analysis of physical activity rates in the control and intervention area will be conducted. Baseline data have been collected and follow-up data will be collected as part of an HRC grant in 2020. FindingsFollow-up data will be collected in 2020.

Air pollution

Air pollution

A pre-post analysis of air pollution levels in the intervention area and control area will be conducted. Baseline data have been collected and follow-up data will be collected as part of an HRC grant in 2020. FindingsFollow-up data will be collected in 2020.

LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE

Lessons for the future

Lessons for the future

Te Ara Mua – Future Streets has shown how an integrated approach to community transport infrastructure can be taken to achieve road safety, walking and cycling, and community improvements all within one project. Talking with communities to understand what is needed,...

Doing research/ infrastructure projects

Doing research/ infrastructure projects

Normally projects that involve big infrastructure changes do not have much research done on them when they are finished. What tends to happen is the project gets completed and then everyone walks away and onto the next thing. Te Ara Mua – Future Streets had a very...