Auckland Transport

Discounted options

We considered various options before deciding to put a cycleway along K Road and before selecting our preferred designs for the K Road enhancement project. Check out the alternative cycleway routes and designs.

Alternative cycleway routes considered

We considered several alternatives to K Road. Download the maps showing the alternative cycleway routes considered (PDF 1MB).

Alternative designs considered

One key design consideration was how to separate the cycleway from vehicles and pedestrians. There are many reasons that led to our preferred design, including the strong public support it received during the community feedback period in March/April 2016.

Other options considered and their pros and cons:

A kerbside cycleway location

Artist impression of a kerbside cycleway

Pros
  • Wider footpath.
  • Wider cycleway (2m).
  • More separation from pedestrians.
Cons
  • Less protection from moving vehicles.
  • Less protection from passengers exiting vehicles.
  • Harder for pedestrians to cross the road mid-block (no waiting area on edge of cycleway).
  • Higher cost to move services eg. stormater.
  • Less room for tree canopy.

An indented cycleway location

Artist impression of an indented cycleway

Pros
  • Good protection from moving vehicles.
  • Good protection from passengers exiting vehicles.
  • Planted area provides safe waiting zone for pedestrians to cross road.
  • Footpath appears wider as it visually includes cycleway.
  • Lower cost (services not moved).
  • More room for tree canopy.
Cons
  • Narrower footpath.
  • Narrower cycle lane (1.8m).
  • Less separation from pedestrians.

Cycleway level with footpath (full kerb)

Level cycleway with kerb - 5500mm footpath, 150mm flush kerb, 2000 raised cycle lane.

Pros
  • Moderate protections from vehicles (full kerb).
  • Wider cycleway (2m).
  • Wider footpath.
  • No trip hazard for pedestrians.
  • Good urban design outcomes - more options for planting and street furniture.
Cons
  • Only visual separation from pedestrians.
  • Harder for pedestrians to cross the road mid-block (no waiting area on the edge of cycleway).
  • Higher cost to move services eg. stormwater.

Cycleway below footpath (half kerb)

Cycleway below footpath with half kerb - 5500mm footpath, 150mm half kerb (65mm), 2000mm cycle lane.

Pros
  • Some separation from pedestrians (half kerb).
  • Wider cycleway (2m).
  • Wider footpath.
  • Good urban design outcomes - more options for plating and street furniture.
Cons
  • Least protection from vehicles (half kerb).
  • Cars may park on cycleway.
  • Kerb could create trip hazard for pedestrians.
  • Higher cost to move stormwater.
  • Harder for pedestrians to cross the road mid-block (no waiting area on edge of cycleway).

Cycleway level with road (barrier)

Level cycleway with barrier - 5500mm footpath, 150mm level kerb, 1800mm separated cycle lane, 800mm barrier.

Pros
  • Good protection from moving vehicles.
  • Good protection from passengers exiting vehicles.
  • Best separation from pedestrians (full kerb).
  • Barrier provides safe waiting zone for pedestrians to cross road.
  • Lower cost (services not moved).
Cons
    • Narrower footpath.
    • Narrower cycle lane (1.8m).
    • Kerb could create trip hazard for pedestrians.
    • Restricted urban design outcomes - less options for planting and street furniture.