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We are asking for feedback on how to reconfigure the parking near the entrance to Wood Street
- January 20, 2021
Wood Street revitalisation project: Feedback wanted for entrance survey
The interim design for the Wood Street revitalisation project has been in place since early December 2020.
The Wood Street revitalisation project was initiated by the Mangawhai Business Association and informed by multiple community co-design workshops, as well as the summer trial we implemented last year. This interim design has built on last year’s trial and feedback, and is 90 percent funded by Waka Kotahi NZTA, as part of their Innovating Streets programme. The project is an iterative design, and can be tweaked and changed through the two year period it will be in place.
What are the next steps?
The next steps in the project include undertaking a review and public survey in late February, at which point we will be asking you about what you think is working and what’s not in the new interim design. We will also have had a chance to realise some of the activations for the shared space areas such as a twilight market, buskers, and street games.
The February review and public survey will include a full evaluation of the changes, onsite surveying, and comparing data against the baseline data collected before the interim design was implemented in December.
Since the interim design implementation, we have had some strong responses from the community – some negative and some positive.
In particular, there have been two areas of focus for comments. One is the changes made to the central area, which has had some of the parking reconfigured, the road corridor narrowed to slow vehicles down, artwork, seating, and planters installed, and the shared space increased. These changes were in reaction to one of the main ideas generated during the community workshops – to create a more people-friendly place. A key part of creating safe places for people requires vehicles slowing down and drivers becoming more aware of their surroundings, actions and others sharing the space. We understand that this requires a change in behaviour and habit and will take time to settle, as we found out with last's year trial too. It’s really important that this happens before we make any significant adjustments to the interim design.
Having said that, we have made (or are imminently making), some iterative changes to the central area of Wood Street, based on early site monitoring and the feedback we have received from Wood Street users and businesses.
These changes include:
- Moving the parallel parking further over to widen the vehicle access route and ease traffic movements through the central area. The planters were moved to accommodate this before Christmas, and the line marking is planned to be shifted over as soon as our Line Marking Contractor can do it.
- Adding in another mobility parking space on this same side. The mobility space will be outside Harcourts and will be angled.
- Changing the parking time limit to 20 minutes also on this side, at a request from the property owner.
- Implemented signage to show an extra loading zone area in the old fire station site.
The other area of comment is the entrance to Wood Street (from Molesworth Drive) and the reconfiguration of the parking in that area. The design in place currently has been monitored, evaluated, and approved prior to and post implementation by safety inspectors, engineers, as well as Waka Kotahi NZTA.
Based on the level of feedback received from the public and businesses around the entrance, we want to take action now, ahead of the February evaluation, and improve upon the parking reconfiguration and visibility in this area.
We want to hear from you. Check out the possible reconfiguration options and let us know what you think via this quick response online survey. If you prefer a hard copy you can pick one up from the Council Mangawhai office. The survey closes 10.00am Monday 25 January 2021.
Any further comments or feedback about other aspects of the interim design can be made via email@example.com.
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