Thoughts from the KBA Office
A highlight of the KBA's 2018 AGM (held 25 October) was the KBA video – Korero K' Road. The video offers the perspectives of members on a number of topics. Click here if you want to hear how people feel about the street upgrade and cycle lane or how people have worked with the KBA or what is so special about having a business in K Road. It's very affirming and fitted well with the constructive attitudes at the AGM.
There has been a lot of discussion recently regarding available parking. What isn't well publicised is that Auckland Transport has made available over 300 more parking opportunities in and around K' Road. For instance, there are now many more spaces available in the west end of K' Road but they're not currently well used.
The KBA has designed a very practical parking map for you to share with your customers and other K' Road visitors. Let's all promote K' Road as a place where you can still find a street park in the inner city by directing customers and visitors to these parking areas.
The CRL will bring transformative change to K' Road and many are looking forward to this influx of visitors from all over Auckland. However, at the KBA we are also focused on how our businesses will survive or thrive throughout this transformation. We encourage YOU ALL to arm yourselves with knowledge about the CRL and the Auckland Transport street upgrade and cycle lane project which is due to start late January 2019.
We believe there will be 12 to 14 months disruption to businesses while AT builds the cycle lanes and upgrades parts of the footpath along each section of the street. We expect the work to move along K' Road one side at a time which means disruption outside sections of K' Road for 2 to 4 months at a time. Further information on the this project can be found HERE.
And as we head into December, our focus turns to First Thursdays and Christmas. This year we are encouraging businesses to light up windows and the street for December. To encourage this The Fairy Light Shop is offering 20% off all Christmas light purchases, helped by a subsidy from the KBA. There is a wide range of lights so check out what is on offer HERE. Let the festive season begin.
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