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Hamilton Lake census unit area bright spots

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At the end of Tawa St we have a community of homes surrounded by industry, which is increasingly attracting more people.  It has a unique sense of place that is providing a positive economic outcome for the younger people choosing to live here.
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The corner of Ohaupo Rd/Sandleigh Rd provides housing, employment and play, all within a few dozen metres of the front door. So it’s not surprising more people want to live here, including quite young people (Median age 18 years) and increasingly wealthier people (Median income $52.5k, up from $27.5k in 2001)
The Pembroke St city block closest to the hospital is clearly a good location: there are more people, who are younger, with more money and they are people who are willing to share their homes. The number of people living here has increased from 126 in 2001 to 144 in 2013, yet the number of dwellings has stayed at 51 over this time. This is an area where adding more dwellings would have a good outcome, but the district plan doesn’t zone this area for growth. Because of this, the outcome could be dwelling types that are designed for renting by the room (tenement housing). pembroke-tidd-st
To end here are three images of change
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Hamilton: 10 years of removing barriers

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Looking back to a 2007 map of barriers to cycling and walking, and benchmarking this to 2016, we can see that Hamilton has had a step change in removing barriers for the average person wanting to move around our city. (The average person in Hamilton is reasonably healthy and 32 years old.)

In the 2007 local council elections, Living Streets Hamilton and Cycle Action Waikato gave a flier to each of the candidates, which included a map showing long stretches of road with few safe crossing points for the average person choosing to walk or cycle.

hamilton-barriers-to-walking-2007 hamilton-barriers-to-walking-2016

In the last 10 years lots of improvements have been made. The stand-out areas are along our urban State highways, Avalon Dr – Expressway path and Ohaupo Rd improvement moving to 8 to 80 year old standard. For Hamilton city council roads, the years of minor works projects have produced many small steps that combined result that will in time give change. However, Boundary Rd is one that keeps being missed from the safety improvements list and is becoming one of Hamilton’s most dehumanising city streets.

Now if we look to missing links in the cycle network we can see the focus on small projects gives lots of cycle lane starts and ends throughout the city. Bicycle Lane on Google maps & HCC cycle route network pre 2016


Walking/Biking infrastructure can be statically confusing if presented as total km of paths/lanes. A transport route is only as good as its weakest point. Should the cycle lane/path not began or end at a destination (like a school or a bus stop) or if the gap between the cycle lane end and restart does not feel or look safe (i.e. for the parent of an 8-year-old or in the informed opinion of a wise 80-year-old), only the fearless and the confident (a minority of about 8%) will be seen using it, excluding the majority of people who are interested in walking/biking but concerned about safety.

So now that the 30-year-old athletic cyclists have options, let’s get on with connecting/creating a city in which both 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds can move about safely and enjoyably.

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