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Boundary Rd – Fifth Ave traffic predictions

Hamilton’s long-term plans have included funding for changes to Hamilton’s Cross City Connector, but, safety improvements are needed sooner. The first of these is planned for the Heaphy Tce/Boundary Rd roundabout in February 2021.  More safety improvements are needed along its length. What is not needed for the foreseeable future is land purchases to widen the road for more motor vehicle lanes. The MAUNSELL | AECOM assessment reports the following:

On Boundary Road, ‘parking could be prohibited … in favour of cyclists and to reduce potential hindrance to traffic … four lanes could be accommodated by widening the carriages to 16m in place of the grass verges … The current predictions are that such treatments would not be necessary for about 40 years’.

Preliminary Engineering Assessment East Hamilton Arterial (E1) [Wiarere Drive] Maunsell Ltd (AECOM) July 2005

Fifth Avenue ‘will be able to cater satisfactorily for all road users until at least 2046’

Preliminary Engineering Assessment East Hamilton Arterial (E1) [Wiarere Drive] Maunsell Ltd (AECOM) July 2005

In 2013, as part of the Ruakura Board of Inquiry, Opus modelled traffic flow predictions for 2041. The predicted traffic flow for Boundary road is lower than the 2046 prediction of 22,500 vpd, as predicted by MAUNSELL | AECOM.

Waikato Expressway Hamilton Section Notice of Requirement to Alter the Designation Nov 2013. page 196

In 2013 NZTA also published 2041 traffic flow predictions which included the built southern links. They predicted this would add an additional 700 vehicles per day (vpd) on Boundary road.

Fifteen years ago, the MAUNSELL | AECOM report told our city leaders to improve traffic flow through Boundary Rd and Fifth Avenue, recommending that ‘parking could be prohibited … in favour of cyclists and to reduce potential hindrance to traffic,’ and that there needed to be ‘better crossing facilities for pedestrians.’ The need to follow this advice has not changed.

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A business district described by itself

If Hamilton has a CBD, how would you describe it?

Jane Jacobs wrote about a ‘Business District that lives up to its name and is truly described by it’ (p. 177-The Death and Life of Great American Cities)

Can Tristram St be described as successful central business centre where people love to be?

Central Park Greenlane is one of New Zealand’s most successful business districts; it ‘spans a 6 hectare site and is home to more than 60 businesses and 2100 employees. The total net leasable area is approximately 44,000 square metres’*. This equals 35,000 workers per sq km (see below for benchmarking)(350 workers per hectare). It will cost you $16 to park here for 2 hours or as low as $5 per day. Compare this to Hamilton’s CBD which has 14,950 workers per km2 (149 per hectare), on-street parking for 2 hours is free, and off-street early bird parking is ~$8 per day. Is Central Park Greenlane the making of a centre city where people love to be? (Our Vision for Hamilton meeting Oct 2020 p36)

*Stuff: Marta Steeman11:42, Jul 06 2018 ‘Oyster plans to lease up vacancies in Auckland business park’

Bencmarking – Ruakura proposed: 1,780 employees per km2, City of Industry LA USA: 2,230 employees per km2 or Vernon LA USA 3,538 employees per km2.

Tonkin & Taylor report Central Park, 666 Great South Road, Greenlane (p6)

Bullewijk (sometimes called ArenAPoort/Amstel III) is a **527 hectare district and business park in Amsterdam’s southeast district. With a total of 920,000 m2 of office and business space, ArenAPoort/Amstel III provides 50,000 jobs. More than 1,200 companies operate within ArenAPoort/Amstel III’***. By my calculation there are 95,000 workers per km2 (950/HA). Parking costs are as low as €1 for 24 hours.

**https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullewijk_(Amsterdam)

***https://www.vazo.nl/files/5714/8396/3070/factsheet_Zuidoost_Engels.pdf

Bullewijk is part of the Amsterdam-Zuidoost which was developed in the 1960s and 70s as a modern, functional town of the future and ‘the first Dutch neighbourhood for the motor age’ (Cor Wagenaar, p.431) with separate routes for cars, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, and separation between living, working and recreation. Does this make it a place where people love to be?

Hamilton City Heart Revitalisation Project May 2008 – 4.3 Car Parking (p):  ‘The most successful, vibrant and economically successful town centres have parking supply at around three spaces per 100m2. Malls typically provide around five per 100m2’, and Hamilton Central City Transformation Plan 2015: (p17) ‘the features of the Business District will be: – Parking offerings that meet the needs of Business District users’. Can Central Park, Greenlane, be described as meeting the needs of Business District users? If you want a successful “Business District that lives up to its name and is truly described by it” (Jane Jacobs) then Amstel III and Greenlane are perfect examples.

 

 

 

 

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