Auckland Transport (AT) wants to create a network of cycling routes for the area between Pt Chevalier and the city fringe (bounded by the north-western motorway and the Waitematā Harbour), to provide safer and more convenient connections into the city centre and neighbouring suburbs.
We sought your feedback to help identify and improve the key cycle routes in the area.
Project status: feedback closed 5 April 2016.
Project zone: central Auckland.
AT and our partners, Auckland Council and NZ Transport Agency, are working together with the Government to create a future where more people feel comfortable riding a bike.
The Pt Chevalier to city fringe area has been chosen as a priority due to its close proximity to the Auckland CBD and the array of attractions nearby, providing an opportunity to get more people onto bikes.
We propose to:
- Implement high-quality cycle lanes on busy roads, ideally physically separated from general traffic.
- Reduce traffic speeds and volumes on quieter roads to make it safer and more attractive to walk and cycle.
- Keep as much on-street parking as possible, but in some locations may need to remove parking to make streets safer.
- Safer, more appealing routes for people on bikes.
- Slower vehicle speeds on quieter residential streets.
- New and improved pedestrian crossing points and footpath enhancements.
- New and improved bus facilities.
- New landscaping and improved visual appearance of public spaces, including shopping centres.
- New wayfinding signage and reduced street clutter.
- New cycle parking.
Funding for the project comes from the Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme and local funding.
The implementation of parts of the network were done in 2016 and most of the project will be completed within the next 10 years.
Research shows that many Aucklanders would cycle more if they felt safer. The proposed network of cycling routes for the area between Pt Chevalier and the city fringe can be upgraded to be more appealing to those people, and it will mean that over 17,000 households are within 5 minutes' ride of a cycle route.
Increasing the number of people on bikes has other benefits too, such as reducing traffic congestion and air pollution from vehicles.
Artist impression - coastal edge
Artist impression - residential street
Artist impression - separated cycleway
AT aims to keep as much on-street parking as possible, but in some locations we can remove parking to make streets safer. Parking removal depends on the road space available and the type of improvements being provided.
On-street parking in shopping centres is of particular importance to businesses, and we can focus on solutions that retain parking and enhance the streetscapes in these areas.
Public feedback was open from 7 March to 5 April 2016.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. We received comments from a wide area, including Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Grey Lynn, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Western Springs, Arch Hill and Newton.
In total, 865 people submitted feedback and offered thousands of different suggestions about how we could improve cycling in the area.
The bulk of the submissions supported our proposed cycling network routes, however we have made some minor changes.
It was therefore decided to:
- Replace Beaconsfield Street with Grosvenor Street as it is a more direct route with a gentler slope.
- Add John Street to allow a direct connection between Jervois Road and Richmond Road.
- Add Wellington Street to allow a direct connection between the area and the city centre, with access via the existing bridge over the motorway.
- Add Hepburn Street to connect Ponsonby Road and Wellington Street.
Issues and concerns for people on bikes raised through the feedback will be considered and, where appropriate, addressed as improvements are designed for each route on the cycling network.
Those issues or concerns that are on routes outside the cycling network can also be investigated in due course.
For a closer look at the feedback recieved, and a full report of the public feedback process, visit our Pt Chev to City cycle improvements feedback page.
Revised network map
The implementation of parts of the cycle network started in 2016.
Funding is now available to proceed with investigation and construction of the following sections by the end of 2018:
- Pt Chevalier to Herne Bay (from the intersection of Great North Road and Pt Chevalier Road, onto Meola Road, up Garnet Road, onto West End Road to the roundabout with Jervois Road).
- Garnet Road, Old Mill Road and Surrey Crescent.
- Great North Road (from Surrey Crescent to Ponsonby Road).
- Hopetoun Street.
- Franklin Road.
- Herne Bay to Westhaven.
- Richmond Road (from Surrey Crescent to Mokau Street).
- Grey Lynn Greenways route (from West End Road to Williamson Avenue through Cox’s Bay Park, Bayfield Park, Hukanui Reserve and Grey Lynn Park).
Due to funding constraints we cannot develop the entire cycle network at once. Routes where there is an opportunity to tie in with scheduled maintenance or other planned projects have been prioritised to reduce costs and disruption to the public.
We can offer further feedback opportunities as we design, plan and schedule the work required for specific routes.