Project status: Project on hold due to funding.
Project zone: West
The Henderson Cycleway project is currently on hold as we focus our funding on recovering from the weather events earlier this year and investing in already committed capital projects. You can learn more about the Capital Investment Programme decisions here.
We hope to deliver the proposed improvements in the future when funding is available. Thank you to everyone in the community who has given their time to provide feedback on this project.
Public consultation of the proposed Henderson Cycleway scheme closed in October to November 2022.
What we're proposing
We’re proposing to install new cycling and walking facilities in Henderson.
Our aim is to create a cycling and walking network that caters for Aucklanders of all ages and abilities to and from Henderson. This aligns with the Henderson-Massey Local Board’s aspiration for people to be able to get around without vehicles.
Henderson’s population is growing. We’ve listened and finalised the first stage cycle route in your area. We’re creating connections to be built over time, as funding becomes available.
- More choices for how you travel around Henderson to get to work, school or local amenities
- Getting around by bike or scooter will be safer and easier
- More kids can choose to cycle to school using routes and cycleways that keeps them safe
- More people can cycle to Sturges Road Station, Henderson Station and Town Centre
- Improve your health & wellbeing to enjoy the outdoors in your neighbourhood
Cycleway route selection
The Henderson cycleway route was selected following assessments and supported by community feedback. The initial Proposed Henderson Cycle Network consultation was held from December 2020 – January 2021.
Feedback from the initial consultation concluded that the Great North Road route should be delivered first, and that the Rathgar Road route should be added.
More assessments have taken place to prioritise this cycleway and the Cycling and Micro mobility Programme Business Case (CAM-PBC) was being finalised. The CAM-PBC provides the funding for cycling over the next 10-years.
The focus is on creating safe local areas to ride that will be connected to other main cycleways.
- Henderson, is a hub for West Auckland with bus connections and train stations nearby, making it easier to get to school or work whether its locally or an easy connection into the city and the rest of Auckland.
- A cycleway on Rathgar Road helps people to connect between the Henderson township, Sturges Road train station and existing shared walk and cycleways, such as the one that connects to Corbans Estate through Henderson Park to the Twin Streams Walk and Cycleways.
- Sections of Great North Road and Swanson Road were prioritised as these are the critical links between Rathgar Road and the Henderson town centre.
- This route will eventually connect to cycling facilities that are planned for future Lincoln Road Improvements.
Cycleway design features
Protected bike lanes are the best option for the Henderson cycleway. Safety is the biggest barrier to people using bikes and a reflection of the consultation feedback. Facilities need to cater for those users who would like to cycle but are not confident enough.
Protected bike lanes have the following features and benefits:
- Physically separates traffic from people cycling, which protects them from colliding with vehicles
- People of all ages will feel safe and confident enough to use the cycle network
- Will encourage more people to try cycling
- Given the number of people cycling on these routes, dedicated cycle facilities offer a higher quality outcome than shared paths.
- A protected two-way cycleway will be installed along Great North Road, Swanson Road and Rathgar Road. This is a cycle lane on one side of the road that allows cyclists to go in both directions.
Other design features include:
- New or additional raised crossings on Rathgar Road
- Improved and safer crossing on side roads
- Improvement to traffic lights to include cycle phasing for safe crossing and “Barnes dance” where anyone can cross on all crossings simultaneously and all vehicles must stop.
- Other amenities such as bike parking and puncture repair stations
Repurposing parking lanes to movement lanes
- We’re planning to turn the median lane and parking lane on part of Swanson Road, the Western side of Rathgar Road (Waitakere College side) and Universal Drive into a cycle lane
- Widening the road would cost ratepayers too much and the parking lane and median lane is not the best use of road space – the focus is on safely moving people, whether that be by car, on foot or by bicycle.
- We’ve checked usage of the parking lanes in these locations, and it is low (at least 79% of parking spaces are unused). There will still be plenty of parking on surrounding streets, but on these specific roads we need to move more people.
- There will be 97 parks that remain on the Eastern side of Rathgar Road (Liston & St Dominic’s College side) so 61% of original parks on Rathgar Road, will be retained.
Henderson, a central west Auckland suburban hub and lies within a 15-minute cycle journey from a train station. Aside from commuting potential to the Auckland CBD, Henderson has its own Town Centre (TC) area with business activities offering employment opportunities.
The TC is also the focus of other complementary investment initiatives including Eke Panukus Unlock Henderson project to support population growth which is expected to increase to more than 150,000 by 2033.
Henderson was recommended as an early start focus area with potential to deliver on Auckland Cycling Programme Business Case (AC PBC) investment outcomes. This led to the current SSBC phase as a recommended investment outcome as follows:
- Safer trips for people on bikes and scooters.
- Better connectivity both across the existing network and to the town centre and train stations.
- Inform and meaningfully engage the key stakeholders and the wider public in the area as identified.
- Maximise the reach of the engagement process to include as many people as possible in the project area.
- Receive actionable and useful feedback from identified stakeholders.
- Conduct a thorough analysis of the feedback and put together a formal public feedback report.
- Close out the consultation by ‘closing the loop’ and communicating the outcomes and changes (if applicable) to stakeholders.
- Increase the appetite, capabilities, and community capacity for cycling in this neighbourhood.
- Identify and work with key community champions for this project.
- Mid-2018 - Public consultation on cycling in Henderson
- 2019 - Start of business case for cycle routes
- December 2020 to January 2021 - Consultation on proposed cycle network
- Early 2021 - Consultation on proposed designs of priority routes
- 2022 - Design feature consultation
- 2023 - Project has been put on hold due to funding
Your feedback so far
In 2018, Auckland Transport asked the public where in Henderson they would like to see cycling routes.
From this month-long consultation, we received more than 500 submissions, with 275 new routes identified and a clear desire for new and safe cycling facilities.
Since then, AT has done further technical work to narrow down the key cycling connections to the routes that make up the proposed network.
We have since received your feedback on the key routes of the proposed cycle network and help us to confirm we have the network right.
December 2020 to January 2021
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