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Parnell cycleway and residential parking zone

Auckland Transport (AT) proposes creating a new residential parking zone in Parnell and a cycling connection between Parnell and the city centre.

Feedback closed on Friday 23 December 2016.

Project status: Consultation/design.
Project zone: Central Auckland.

Project overview

This project has 2 components:

  1. A safe, separated cycling connection between Parnell Road and Tamaki Drive.
  2. A residential parking zone in Parnell, prioritising on-street parking for residents, local businesses and visitors.


  • Better connection between Parnell and Auckland’s city centre for cyclists.
  • More transport choices for Aucklanders.
  • Better sharing of on-street parking between residents, businesses, and visitors.
  • Discourage commuter parking.
  • Reduce congestion and stresses associated with living and working in an area of high parking demand.


  • November/December 2016: Public feedback.
  • Mid 2018: planned construction.

Project details

Parnell cycleway

AT, the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council are working on projects to make Auckland easier to get around by bike or on foot.

As part of the development of Auckland’s cycle network, we want to create a better connection between Parnell and Auckland’s city centre.

The proposed Parnell cycleway will run from the intersection of St Stephens Avenue and Parnell Road to the intersection of The Strand and Quay Street. It will form a link that connects with existing and planned cycle routes on Quay Street and Tamaki Drive.

The project will provide a high quality, safe and attractive cycle route, suitable for riders of varying abilities and confidence levels.

Parnell cycleway artists impression

We want your feedback to help us improve and refine the design for the Parnell cycleway before we progress to the next stage of the project.

Parnell cycle path map

Our proposal

Download the detailed consultation plans (PDF 5.9MB)

Our proposed design has a 1.5m wide cycle lane on both sides of St Stephens Avenue and Gladstone Road, with a 30cm physical buffer between the cycle lanes and traffic lanes.

Cross-section with parking on one side of the road

This is proposed to be the typical road layout for the majority of the route.

Cross-section parking on one side

Cross-section with parking on both sides of the road

This layout is proposed where road widths allow.

Cross-section parking on both sides

Existing traffic lanes will remain the same. Some sections of footpath will be widened. Some on-street parking will be removed, or changed from angle parking to parallel parking.

There will also be improvements made at some intersections to create shorter crossing distances for pedestians and encourage slower vehicle speeds.

A raised speed table is proposed across the intersection of Brighton Road and St Stephens Avenue. Similar improvements are also proposed for the intersection of Takutai Street, St Stephens Avenue and Gladstone Road.

Raised platform pedestrian crossings at points along the route will make crossing the road safer.

Intersection improvements

Why we are making this connection

We are building a comprehensive network of cycling routes across Auckland, with an initial focus on improving access to the city centre. The Parnell cycleway is an important part of this network; it will connect directly with new facilities planned for Tamaki Drive and Quay Street, providing a safe, continuous cycle route along the waterfront into the city centre. It is also the first section of a route that will continue through to Newmarket and beyond.

We’re improving access and travel choices in your area so you can get to work, your local shops or the park safely and easily. The cycleway will provide convenient access by bike to the Rose Gardens, Parnell Baths, Parnell School, and cafes along Gladstone Road.

Other routes considered

To improve connections to the city centre from this area, we investigated a number of routes. We looked at links to the northern end of the city centre via Quay Street and to the southern end via the Domain and Park Road.

  • Along the train line from Newmarket to Stanley St, utilising the disused railway tunnel - this route was significantly more expensive to deliver and there would be considerable personal safety issues to overcome.
  • Along Parnell Rd and Parnell Rise - this is a constrained corridor which accommodates access to the local shops and there is not sufficient width to provide a good quality cycleway.
  • St Stephens/St Georges - this is significantly steeper than Gladstone Rd and has many heavily goods vehicle movements.

Changes to on-street parking

AT has taken care to minimise parking removal, but the available road space means some on-street parking will need to be removed in order to create a safe, separated cycleway. Around 95 parking spaces are affected, mainly on the west side of the road.

Parking surveys along the route show that fewer than 10% of parked vehicles are registered to people living in the area. A significant proportion of the remainder is likely to be commuter parking.

AT proposes a residential parking zone in the area to help with the loss of on-street parking spaces. The zone will increase the availability of parking in the local area for residents and visitors.

Parnell parking removal map

Parnell residential parking zone

As part of a region-wide parking strategy, AT is introducing residential parking zones in city-fringe areas like Parnell.

We are working with local communities and businesses to identify their needs. People in the Parnell area tell us that a lot of on-street parking is used by commuters, meaning there is less available for local residents and businesses. A residential parking zone in Parnell will prioritise on-street parking for residents, local businesses and visitors.

We have undertaken a number of parking occupancy surveys, which indicate that many of the streets to the west of Gladstone Road and St Stephens Avenue have peak occupancy levels of over 85% and streets to the east between 70% and 84%.

Proposed zone area

Parnell residential parking zone

We want your feedback to help us confirm the extent of the area to be covered by the residential parking zone.

How the parking zone works

A residential parking zone is a parking time restriction that applies across a residential area and is typically two hours (P120), Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (excluding public holidays).

Residents and businesses within a zone can apply for permits and coupons that give exemption from the time restriction. Anyone can park for up to two hours without a permit or coupon.

Residential parking zones have been implemented in St Mary’s Bay, Freemans Bay and Mt Eden, with one planned for Ponsonby in early 2017.

Find out more about residential parking zones and the permit and coupon application process.

Note: the proposed residential parking zone is different to the existing residential parking scheme in Parnell.

Have your say

Feedback closed on 23 December 2016.

Next steps

We will:

  • consider all feedback and use it to help refine the cycleway design and confirm the extent of the area to be covered by the residential parking zone.
  • report on the feedback received including any changes made to the cycleway or residential parking zone following the feedback period. If you provide your contact details when you give us feedback you will be notified when this information is available.

For more information

Contact Auckland Transport