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St Lukes Road, Mt Albert - Cycle Lane Improvements St Lukes Road, Mt Albert - Cycle Lane Improvements

Consultation status: closed 10 February 2017

We are proposing the following changes:

  • Updating the road markings and signage of the existing northbound and southbound cycle lanes between Asquith Avenue and Duncan MacLean Link.
  • Installing rubber kerbs with reflective posts to physically protect people in the existing cycle lanes from adjacent traffic between Asquith Avenue and Duncan Maclean Link.

Why the changes are needed

The proposed enhanced cycle lanes will provide people on bikes a more comfortable and protected ride adjacent to traffic, allowing more people to ride on St. Lukes Road and to connect with the Northwestern cycleway.

Additionally, the existing northbound cycle lane is often encroached by queuing vehicles waiting to access the westbound motorway, creating safety concerns and impeding proper use of the cycle lane for people on bikes. 

Download the original consultation plans for St Lukes Road (PDF 2.8MB)

Feedback results

The proposal received mostly positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with the following changes:

  • More space between cycle lane protectors - this spacing allows better access to and from side roads for cyclists, and will still prevent vehicles from entering the cycle lane.
  • Direction arrow road markings in the cycle lane - this will clarify that the cycle lanes are single direction only.
  • Small extension of the southbound cycle lane protectors - this will help keep a bend in the southbound cycle lane free of vehicles.
  • Shortening the green surface near the Duncan MacLean Link - this allows NZTA (who are responsible for this area) more space to make cycle lane improvements as part of their intersection improvements.

View the revised St Lukes Road cycle lane improvements plan (PDF 2.7MB)

Next steps

The proposal will now proceed to the next stage of construction. We expect construction to be completed by end of March 2017.

Feedback received

Cycle lanes

Concern that the cycle lane is not widely used.

Our cycle counts have recorded around 150 cyclists using the northern half of the cycles lanes and 100 cyclists using the southern half on a typical day.

Our local surveys and global studies indicate that the main reason people don't cycle as much as they would like is because they do not feel safe sharing the road with cars. A protected cycle lane as proposed will encourage people to travel into the city by bike and help reduce vehicle congestion long-term. 

Change cycle lanes to shared paths.

Shared paths are high-cost projects as they require new kerbs and drains. The proposed improvements to the existing cycle lanes provide better value for money. 

Widen the cycle lane

St Lukes Road is classified as an 'over dimension' route used by large trucks and trailer units. 

To widen the cycle lane and ensure that large vehicles can still use the road we would need to remove the central islands, at a very high cost.

A safer connection for cyclists on St Lukes Road between the Northwestern cycleway and Duncan MacLean Link.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is responsible for the State Highway intersection, including the section of St Lukes between the Northwestern cycleway and Duncan MacLean Link. This feedback has been shared with NZTA who are currently investigating ways to help cyclists travel around this area.

Clearer and safer connection for cyclists crossing the motorway bridge.

Changes to the motorway bridge are also managed by NZTA, who are currently investigating how to improve cycling in the area.

The proposal will create further traffic congestion.

The queues along St Lukes Road are caused by traffic waiting at traffic lights. Preventing drivers from illegally queuing in the cycle lane means vehicles heading to the motorway on-ramp and straight ahead will remain together in one traffic lane for a short extra distance. As the road widens near the Duncan MacLean Link vehicles will move into two traffic lanes.

Traffic lights at motorway on-ramps control the number of vehicles entering a motorway so that it flows more freely and makes it easier for drivers to merge. As a result, traffic at on-ramps is released gradually to improve a driver's overall journey time.

Request for signage or hatching to reduce cars blocking the cycle lane after entering side roads.

The proposed improvements include making the sections of cycle lanes that pass side roads green in colour. Along with the other improvements, this will help make the cycle lanes stand out.

While it is not possible to fully prohibit vehicles from blocking the cycle lane, the improvements will make the cycle lane more visible and obvious to drivers and other road users.

Why was the cycle lane from the end of the Northwestern cycleway to St Lukes Road removed?

The Give-Way rule at the motorway off-ramp was recently removed to avoid queuing on the motorway, leading to read-end crashes. The cycle lane was removed at the same time. 

NZTA are working on a revised design that will balance the needs of cyclists and drivers. 

Cycle lane protectors

Concrete separators would provide better protection.

Plastic cycle protectors are the best option for this particular road.

Plastic is solid enough to deflect cars and is visually imposing. They are also more cost-effective than concrete and are easier to replace if they are damaged.

Review the gaps between cycle separatorsrs.

This has been adjusted to allow better access to and from side roads for people on bikes, and still prevent drivers from accessing the cycle lane.

Why must the separators be offset 0.45m into the cycle lane?

St Lukes Road is classified as an 'over dimension' road, meaning it is used by very large trucks and trailer units. 

The proposed layout will maintain a cycle lane width of 1.5m, while maximising the space required by very large vehicles. 

The rubber kerb should be shortened and two reflective posts removed.

The proposed design protects cyclists from vehicles with kerbs and frequent upright poles. The length chosen allows for frequent gaps, allowing cyclists space to turn. The interlocking modules are also stronger than other options. 

The reflective posts are removable so we can review the frequency of these posts after the project has been completed. 

Vehicle lanes

Reduce the central grass berm to allow for an extra traffic lane in each direction. 

This project is intended to enhance the current cycling infrastructure. Changing the central grass berm requires an approach and funding that is beyond the scope of this project. 

If any improvements to the St Lukes Road traffic layout is proposed in the future, we will seek public feedback separately. 

Request to widen railway bridge

Widening the railway bridge is also out-of-scope for this project.

Our current practice is to cater for cyclists when renewing bridges, so if any improvement to the St Lukes Road railway bridge is proposed in the future, we will seek public feedback separately. 

Cycle lane extensions

Extend the protection in both directions of St Lukes Road to New North Road / 

Extend the cycle lane to St Lukes Shopping Centre.

This project is intended to enhance the current cycling infrastructure, based on what was achievable during the 2016/17 financial year.  The project extends the southbound cycle lane protectors to end a short distance after the zebra crossing - providing a connection to residential streets.

We can look to extend the cycle lanes in the next financial year, subject to project prioritisation and funding availability.

Out of scope

Request for a cyclist ramp to get onto the footpath near the motorway interchange at the end of the cycle lane.

A cycle ramp is already available at the footpath near the motorway intersection at the northern end of the cycle lane.

Requests for more cycling infrastructure at other locations.

This proposal is isolated to the existing cycling infrastructure at St Lukes Road.

Visit our Cycling and Walking section to find overall plans for cycling improvements across Auckland and have your say on proposed changes at other locations. 

Requests for non-cycling related improvements.

This proposal focuses on improvements to the current cycling infrastructure. 

To suggest transport improvements please use our Feedback form to share your ideas.

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