Auckland Transport

Federal Street walking and cycling improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) is improving pedestrian and cycling facilities along Federal Street, between Victoria Street and Fanshawe Street. The facilities include a southbound cycle lane, paint build-outs, road marking, and wayfinding signage.

The facilities are temporary, while a larger Federal Street upgrade project is underway, and use approaches that are relatively low-cost and quick to install. 


  • Provide an alternative route to Hobson, Albert, and Queen Streets for people walking and cycling.
  • Provide a key link in the city centre cycle network for people using the existing Nelson Street, and the future Victoria Street cycleways.
  • Provide better connectivity for commuters coming from western and inner city suburbs and for city centre residents.
  • Contraflow cycle lane on Federal Street will allow cyclists to travel in the opposite direction to traffic.


Users will be able to trial the design and materials and provide feedback after construction.

The lessons learned will contribute to a better understanding of user preferences and shared-space zones that will be critical to future city centre development projects.

The installation of temporary cycleways and post-construction feedback is an approach used successfully in cities such as New York and Melbourne.

AT will also measure cycle numbers and facility performance. 


We are currently progressing detailed design.

Construction is scheduled for summer 2017/2018 (completion by June 2018).

We will seek feedback approximately 6 months after construction and make minor changes as necessary. 

Wider changes to Federal Street

Auckland Council has proposed laneway circuits through commercial areas in the city centre. The laneways are routes with good pedestrian access and a mix of urban design, retail, and restaurants.

A proposed section of laneway from Aotea Square to the Waterfront includes the Federal Streetscape project, which will create a continuous shared space along the street and supersede the proposed walking and cycling improvements.

Consultation and construction of the Federal Streetscape upgrade will take place in stages between 2018 and 2022. 

Find out more about the upgrade of Federal Street.