The submission period for this consultation was six weeks long, from 24 February to 7 April. It included two public sessions:
- Botany Community Day 3 March
- Howick Village Markets 10 March.
In total, we received around 70 submissions in total, mostly individual online submissions although some were emailed or presented to the Howick Local Board from organisation spokespeople (Bike East Auckland, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Riverhills School).
Submitters came from across the Auckland region, however the majority were local residents.
Most of the submissions from outside the Howick area were from people who commuted to the area for work.
Key consultation themes
Overall there was general support and positive feedback for the Howick Walking and Cycling Network.
Several key submission themes have been noted:
- Reiteration of the importance of safe, dedicated lanes for cyclists - both commuter and recreational routes.
- Strong support for routes linking schools.
- Strong support for commuter connections to transport hubs servicing the area, including: Half Moon Bay ferry terminal, Panmure Interchange, and the future AMETI hubs at Pakuranga and Botany town centres.
- Highbrook was identified in a number of submissions as a key destination for commuter cyclists.
- General footpath widening of key existing walkways, such as the Cascades and Rotary walkways, is favoured to allow more users.
- Need for improvements at dangerous intersections and possible lowering of speeds on unsafe roads used by high numbers of commuter cyclists.
- Support for better landscaping and provision of planting, lighting, signs/maps, bike racks and drinking fountains along routes.
- General backing for ecological improvements to stream channels alongside the path network.
- Support for the network to connect with routes in adjacent local board areas.
What happens now?
The Howick Walking and Cycling Network is in the final stages of planning.
We are drafting priority routes and will discuss them at the Howick Local Board meeting at the end of July.
Following this, we will make a final version of the Howick Walking and Cycling Network document available for public viewing.