Parnell Cycleway Parnell Cycleway

Auckland Transport (AT) are investigating a cycling connection between Parnell and the city centre.

Project status: On hold.
Project zone: Central Auckland.

Proposed Parnell Cycleway route

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.

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 cycle routes on Quay Street and Tamaki Drive. It is also the first section of a route that will continue through to Newmarket and beyond.


  • Improve access and travel choices in the area to get to work, local shops.
  • Provide convenient access by bike to the Rose Gardens, Parnell Baths, Parnell School, and cafes along Gladstone Road.
  • Provide a high quality, safe and attractive cycle route, suitable for riders of varying abilities and confidence levels.

Parnell cycleway artists impression

Community feedback

AT asked for community feedback in May 2016 on wider network improvements and in December 2016 on the Parnell Cycleway connection.

Feedback about the proposed cycleway design indicated some community concerns. As a result of this, we sought further input by engaging with community representatives through a series of workshops.

In March 2019 there was a review of the funding for cycle projects in the Auckland region. The outcome of the prioritisation analysis proved that this project needs to be put on hold, with no funding allocated towards it. This decision was endorsed by the AT Board in May 2019.

Should the cycleway be reconsidered in future, we will come back to the community for feedback.

Project background - our original design

Project area map and consultation plans

This design was available for feedback during November and December 2016, which was revisited following further discussion with the community. We provided an update in July 2017.

Parnell cycle path map

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 pedestrians 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

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 Georges Bay Road - this is significantly steeper than Gladstone Road and has many heavy-goods vehicle movements.

For more information

Contact Auckland Transport