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Cycling & walking programme

Auckland Transport, NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council and the Local Boards are working on projects that will help you get around Auckland by bike or foot.

Some of the accelerated projects listed here have received government funding for 2015 to 2018 through the Urban Cycle Programme.

One of the focus areas for building new cycling infrastructure is the city centre. By the end of 2017, the loop around the city will be complete.

Since the first stage of the Nelson Street cycleway, the Lightpath, and the Grafton Gully cycleway were completed, there has been a 46% increase in morning inbound peak cycle trips around the city centre

Almost 46,000 new people took to 2 wheels in 2016 and 80% of Aucklanders agree that investing in cycling is important for giving people more travel choices.

The routes of many of these projects are indicative only as they are subject to consultation and some completion dates have yet to be determined.

Proposed Auckland cycle network map

View a larger version of the proposed Auckland cycle network map (PDF 1MB)


Projects to support cycling and walking by area


Central Auckland

Key projects for 2015 to 2018 in central Auckland include:

Beach Road cycleway

Beach Road Cycleway connects the Grafton Gully cycleway to cycle routes on Tamaki Drive and Quay Street. The second stage connects Mahuhu Crescent to Britomart Place, forming a continuous, safe and convenient route for people to access the city centre by bike from the east.

Status: Complete.

Carlton Gore Road

The addition of buffered cycle lanes on both sides of Carlton Gore Road between Park Road and Davis Crescent provides an improved connection from the east into the city. It also serves as an alternative to cycling on the busier Khyber Pass Road.

Status: Complete.

Ian McKinnon Drive connection

Ian McKinnon Drive Cycleway is a separated cycle path that will offer a high level of service linking the Northwestern cycleway at Virginia Street to the intersection with Alex Evans Street and Upper Queen Street. It connects the Northwestern cycleway and Dominion Road more efficiently to the city centre via the Grafton Gully cycleway and the pink Lightpath.

Estimated completion: 2017.

Victoria Street Cycleway

The Victoria Street Cycleway is a dedicated cycleway along Victoria Street West, running between College Hill (intersection of Victoria Street West and Beaumont Street) and Hobson Street, providing an important link to and from the city. In the longer term, we are looking at further links to Queen Street and eventually the Auckland Domain.

Estimated completion: 2018.

Nelson Street Cycleway

Nelson Street Cycleway is a multi-phase project to deliver a shared path and protected cycle lanes linking Upper Queen Street (and the Grafton Gully cycleway) to Quay Street via the pink Lightpath. Phase one from Upper Queen Street to the corner of Victoria Street and Nelson Street is now complete. Phase two connecting with the waterfront at Quay Street will be completed in 2017.

Estimated completion: Final connection expected in 2017.

Karangahape Road upgrade

The K Road enhancements project will provide safe and convenient access along Karangahape Road for cyclists, as well as significant improvements to the streetscape.

Estimated completion: 2018

Quay Street

Quay Street Cycleway provides a high quality link between the Wynyard Quarter area, the Beach Road cycleway and the busy cycle route along Tamaki Drive.

The two-way cycleway is protected from traffic and has space for pedestrians walking along the waterfront.

Completed: July 2016.

Herne Bay walking and cycling improvements

The Herne Bay walking and cycling improvements project will make it safer and easier to walk and cycle around Herne Bay and improve connections to the city centre via Westhaven Promenade.

Estimated completion: 2018.

Westhaven to City cycle route

The Westhaven to City cycle route completes an approximate 1.5km link from the end of Westhaven Drive to Quay Street via Beaumont Street, Gaunt Street and Customs Street West in the Viaduct Harbour.

Estimated completion: 2017.

Great North Road cycleway

The first section of this cycleway starts at the intersection of Karangahape Road and runs to just before the Grey Lynn shopping area. It will coincide with the Karangahape Road enhancements project and improve the connection between Grey Lynn and the city centre. Find out more about the Grey Lynn, Arch Hill and Westmere improvements.

Estimated completion: 2018

Franklin Road upgrade

This project will upgrade Franklin Road to include cycle lanes on both sides of the road and connect Ponsonby Road to the Midtown cycleway at Victoria Park.

Estimated completion: 2018.

Federal Street pedestrian and cycle improvements

This project will provide a short-term, temporary and low cost alternative cycle route during the City Rail Link construction in Albert Street. The project is an interim solution until a major upgrade of Federal Street takes place.

Estimated completion: 2016 / 2017.

New Zealand cycle trail airport to city

The New Zealand Cycle Trail (airport to city) is a signposted cycle route for visitors, commuters and recreational riders on largely quiet roads and existing cycleways. It passes through Mangere, Mangere Bridge, Hillsborough, Mount Albert, Waterview and Kingsland. The route will improve in the coming years to take advantage of new infrastructure planned and under construction along the full length of the route.

Cycle share

We are working with NZTA to investigate the feasibility of launching a cycle share in Auckland's city centre.

Find out more about the cycle share feasibility study on our Cycle share page.

Eastern Auckland

Key projects for 2015 to 2018 in eastern Auckland include:

Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path

The Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path, for cyclists and pedestrians, will follow the eastern rail line from Merton Road near Glen Innes Station to Tamaki Drive. It will provide access for people to walk, run or cycle from Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the Waitematā Harbour for leisure and commuting. The project is being constructed in four sections.

Estimated completion of full project: 2018

Eastern Waterfront city connection (Eastern Rail cycleway to Tapora Street)

This cycle corridor connects the Quay Street at Tapora Street to the Eastern Rail cycleway (Glen Innes to Tamaki cycleway). This route is a key connection in the eastern corridor and will be used by cyclists of all abilities for both commuting and leisure.

Estimated completion: 2017/2018.

Tamaki Drive cycleway

This cycleway connects the Quay Street cycleway at Plumer Street to the Glen Innes cycleway and to the Tamaki shared path at Hobson Bay. This route is a key connection along the eastern edge of Auckland's busiest cycle route.

Estimated completion: 2018.

Glen Innes cycling improvements

The links to the Glen Innes cycling improvements project will make it easier and convenient to get to the Glen Innes station and the surrounding area.

Estimated completion: 2018.

Northern Auckland

Key projects from 2015 to 2018 on the North Shore include:

Albany Highway upgrade

The major improvements from Albany Expressway to Bush Road in the south include on and off road cycle facilities and a wider footpath in both directions. Find out more about the project on our Albany Highway upgrade page.

Completed: October 2016.

Northcote safe cycle route

The Northcote safe cycle route project includes 5.1 kms of walking and cycling improvements along Northcote Road, Lake Road and Queen Street from the Taharoto Road/Northcote Road intersection (near Smales Farm) to Northcote Point Ferry Terminal. It will provide connections to Smales Farm Bus Station, Northcote Town Centre, Northcote Ferry Terminal. It will provide safe and attractive links to a number of schools, workplaces and recreation in the area.

Estimated completion: 2017/2018.

Western Auckland

Key projects from 2015 to 2018 in western Auckland include:

 New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path

The New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path is a walking and cycling route along the rail line between New Lynn and Avondale. This 2.9km route will improve travel choice in the area and form part of a continuous route to the city centre, linking with the Waterview Shared path and the Northwestern cycleway.

Estimated completion: Late 2017.

Te Atatu Road corridor improvements

The Te Atatu Road corridor improvements project includes improved cycle connections to local schools and the city centre via the Northwestern cycleway.

Estimated completion: 2017.

Mount Roskill Safe Routes

The Mt Roskill Safe Routes project will make travelling safer for cyclists and pedestrians by connecting War Memorial Park, Keith Hay Park and Waikowhai Road Park in the Mt Roskill area.

It also supports the Greenways network initiatives by the Puketapapa Local Board.

Estimated completion: early 2017.

Links to New Lynn public transport interchange

This will include intersection upgrades, on-road/off-road cycle facilities and wayfinding to better connect local residents to New Lynn public transport interchange.

Estimated completion: 2017

Waterview Shared Path

The Waterview Shared Path runs from New North Road in Mt Albert to Waterview and will connect with the Northwestern cycleway. The path is being delivered as part of the NZ Transport Agency's Waterview Connection project and will be a major commuter route, improving connections for locals.

The path will also be a major recreation route and will run through stunning green spaces including Oakley Creek.

Estimated completion: mid 2017.

West Coast Road, Oratia, improvements to walking and cycling facilities

AT and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board are making improvements to walking and cycling facilities along West Coast Road, Oratia.

The facilities will help improve the safety of pedestrians and people on bikes (particularly school children) by reducing speed and encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

Southern Auckland

Key projects over the next 3-year programme in southern Auckland include:

Papakura Greenway Community Consultation

A connected greenways network is planned for Papakura. 

A network of cycling and walking routes through attractive local spaces, greenways offer safe and enjoyable ways for people to get around, stay active and healthy, and have fun.

Greenway routes are not for busy roads - they use routes through parks, green spaces and quiet low-traffic local roads to form a safe and enjoyable network.

The Papakura Local Board is working with Auckland Council and AT to create a plan for delivering these greenways in Papakura and invite your feedback on the draft plan. Check out the draft plan, including maps and details of the public consultation sessions on the ShapeAuckland website

Feedback closed on 7 August 2016.

Public consultation on similar Local Board greenway plans in Franklin and Manurewa will happen later in the year.

AMETI

Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) is a group of projects in south east Auckland which will improve transport choices and connections in the area. 

The next phase will see cycle and walking facilities from Panmure to Te Rakau Drive in Pakuranga.

Te Ara Mua Future Streets

The Te Ara Mua - Future Streets project involves improving some roads around the Mangere town centre to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle within the area.

There will be a mix of cycle lanes, shared walking and cycle paths as well as traffic management.

Estimated completion: 2016.

SH20A and Kirkbride Road cycleways

Kirkbride Road cycle lanes from Westney Road to Ascot Road will provide a connection between Mangere and Auckland Airport via a new cycleway along State Highway 20A (SH20A).

NZTA is constructing the cycleway along the west side of SH20A from the Landings roundabout to Williams Park. See the SH20A to Airport page on NZTA's website for more information.

Estimated completion: 2017

SH1 cycleway (Hingaia to Takanini)

NZTA's Auckland Southern Corridor project includes initatives for improving cycling and walking access as part of the overall project.

See the Auckland Southern Corridor project page on NZTA's website for more information.


You may be interested in:

Have your say - Auckland Transport current consultations.

Auckland cycle, run and walkway maps - find out about cycleways and how to use them.