The final stage of the Waterview Shared Path, one of Auckland’s biggest shared paths, has been officially opened this morning. It links the Northwestern and Southwestern Cycleways, creating a seamless connection between the city and western suburbs to Onehunga and Mangere.
The Waterview Shared Path offers more than three kilometres of walking and cycling paths, including three bridges, two boardwalks, new connections to local footpaths and roads, and links through parks along Te Auaunga-Oakley Creek.
The Government, through the NZ Transport Agency, together with Auckland Transport, Albert Eden Local Board and Auckland Council, have contributed funding for the project, which was delivered by the Well-Connected Alliance as part of the Waterview Connection.
The NZ Transport Agency’s Auckland Relationship Director, Pete Clark, says that along with its partners, the Transport Agency is collaborating to build transport solutions that not only give people more transport options, but also create wider social and economic benefits.
“This shared path is another way we are working to improve the entire transport network and provide real transport choices for people.
“The Waterview Shared Path not only delivers another way to get around it’s also reconnecting communities, by giving them better access to each other, to sports grounds, reserves and playgrounds as well as education, by improving access to Unitec.”
Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling and Safety Manager, Kathryn King, says the project completion is a significant milestone.
“One of the exciting parts of the Waterview Connection project was this opportunity to create a beautiful shared path between the Northwestern Cycleway and the Southwestern Shared Path in Alan Wood Reserve.
“It is a really important link in our walking and cycling infrastructure, and now people can travel from Mt Albert to the city centre and beyond,” she says.
“It’s exciting to be opening this part of our network coming into summer. Having these new connections in place means that people can start to make journeys around Auckland to their favourite destinations, and by early 2019 this route will extend to New Lynn.”
Albert-Eden Local Board member and Waterview resident Margi Watson says, "The project demonstrates what passionate communities can achieve when they work together.
“The community worked for 10 years to make the shared path a reality and I admire and congratulate them for what they have achieved.
“It provides access to open spaces like the new Phyllis Reserve sports fields, and will be enjoyed by everyone who walks and rides for work, play, school, fitness and leisure.”
Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore welcomed the completion, “The Waterview Connection has been a significant transport project for the wider Auckland community. It is great that this project also has a really beneficial local outcome from the shared path.”
Video: AT's Walking and Cycling and Safety Manager, Kathryn King, talks about the shared path opening.