Residents in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty are being asked for their thoughts about transport challenges that need to be addressed over the next 30 years.
The survey focuses on challenges that face Tauranga's transport network as the city and region grow exponentially over the next few decades.
Feedback from the survey will feed into a 30-year transport plan that is being led by the city council in conjunction with SmartGrowth, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, and the NZ Transport Agency.
Tauranga Transport Committee chair, Rick Curach, says public feedback will help determine the region's response to challenges like increasing population, more vehicles on the road and the safety of people who need to move around Tauranga City.
“Many of our challenges revolve around the fact that here in Tauranga we rely on cars more than any other city in New Zealand. In the next decade we're expecting to see an extra 20,000 vehicles travelling each day on our main roads."
In the next 30 years the city's population will reach 180,000, not including people who commute into the city from the Western Bay, says Rick.
“Feedback we get from the transport survey will help the councils and other agencies prioritise transport investment.
"We've done a huge amount of work, which is ongoing, to build an efficient network for all road users.
"One of the questions we're asking is: should we put more priority on providing better public transport, walking and biking options for people over the next 30 years?”
The transport survey is open for feedback until October 27 and can be accessed via Tauranga City Council's website.