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Northcote safe cycle route Northcote safe cycle route

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The Northcote safe cycle route has created a safe, 5.2km route for pedestrians and people on bikes along Northcote Road, Lake Road, and Queen Street on the North Shore.


Project status: Complete
Project zone: North


Project overview

The Northcote safe cycle route stretches from the Taharoto Road/Northcote Road intersection (near Smales Farm), past Onewa Domain, Northcote Shops, and to Northcote Point.

As of August 2021, this project is now complete and ready to ride.

View images of the completed sections of the Northcote safe cycle route


Tapuwae - Northcote safe cycle route bridges

Two bridges across SH1 at Northcote Road were the final piece of the projects to e completed. They connect communities and provide a safe shared path for pedestrians and people on bikes to access several of the largest schools on the North Shore, Smales Farm Bus Station, Smales Farm Business Park, sports facilities, North Shore Hospital, and more.

The bridges have been officially named Tapuwae (footprint) by iwi artist Reuben Kirkwood of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Iwi. Mr Kirkwood created artwork that extends across the span of the bridges. The artwork represents visually at day and night, the founding of the volcanic landscape in Tāmaki.


Public engagement

AT sought public feedback on the Northcote Safe Cycle Route from 28 July until 29 August 2014.

In total, 790 feedback responses were received, including one submission from local residents that included a petition containing 1,400 signatures. We have carefully considered the feedback received through the public engagement process and as a result:

  • Made 14 changes to the design of the cycle route – one of these changes includes the major redesign of facilities along Queen Street.
  • Initiated 3 further investigations – one of these investigations covers investigations into several cycle routes suggested by respondents.
  • Initiated 1 further action – this is an education campaign for residents prior to the cycle route being open for public use.

We also worked closely with Kaipatiki Local Board when developing the design for the cycle route and as a result, the board now fully supports the project.

For a full summary of the feedback received, AT’s responses to feedback and the resulting changes to the cycle route please read the public feedback and decisions report:

Download the Northcote Safe Cycle Route public feedback and decisions report (PDF 952KB)


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