Auckland Transport has today announced a proposed network of cycle improvements in the inner west suburbs, and is asking for feedback from the public.
The proposed network in Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Grey Lynn, Ponsonby and Herne Bay is planned over 10 years, with some routes expected to be started later this year.
Kathryn King, AT’s Cycling and Walking manager, says the objective is to find out from people who live in the area where they would like to see the cycle improvements.
“We have worked with the Waitemata Local Board on these improvements to the transport network and we want to hear from the people who will benefit from them,” she says.
“We are sending everyone in the area a brochure with a map of the network. People can draw what routes they would like to see on the map and send it back to us. We are also asking what routes are a priority for them and their family, as well as what specific locations need to be improved for people on bikes.”
“Already lots of people are out on bikes going to parks, the beach, local shops and into the city for work or study. Making these cycle improvements in these suburbs will make it so much easier and safer to do that.”
Some improvements for people walking and cycling have already begun with a widened shared path on the Greenway route through Cox’s Bay Reserve now open.
Funding for these projects in part comes from the Government’s partnership with local authorities through the Urban Cycleways Programme. The objective is to improve the transport network by making cycle improvements in areas where there is likely to be the biggest increase in cycle journeys.
Once the consultation has closed, the feedback will be compiled into a report which will be made available to the public. That report will be used to help prioritise routes in the area and improve the network.