Auckland Transport

Quay Street Cycleway

We are planning to build an extension to Quay Street Cycleway along Quay Street and Tamaki Drive. Quay Street Cycleway is a mix of on and off-road two-way cycle lanes and it is around 3 metres wide.

Project status: Main project is completed. This is an extension to the main project currently underway.
Project zone: Central.

Read about the history of Quay Street Cycleway project

Project overview

Quay Street Cycleway was opened on 8 July 2016 and has had more than 50,000 cycle trips since it was opened. An extension has been planned along Quay Street and Tamaki Drive to connect with Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path and Ngapipi Road and to accommodate the large number of people using Quay Street Cycleway

We are looking to start construction of the project in early 2017 while we are still working on the design for the rest of the cycleway. We expect to have a concept design for the rest of the project in early 2017. At that time we will provide more information and invite the public to give us feedback.

When the rest of the route is constructed in 2018, the temporary ramp will be removed and the cycleway will continue on-road along Quay Street and Tamaki Drive.

Project details

Quay Street Cycleway extension route map

Quay Street Cycleway Map

The project is an extension of the existing cycleway along Quay Street from the intersection with Plumer Street to just before The Strand. 

This will extend the recently constructed Quay Street Cycleway (pictured above) along the northern side of Quay Street from the intersection with Plumer Street towards Tamaki Drive.

Bikes will be separated from traffic by 40cm wide concrete kerbs, similar to those already used on Quay Street Cycleway. 

In keeping with the rest of the route, the cycleway will be “two-way”, allowing travel in both directions within it. Having a two-way cycleway on one side of the road requires less space than a single direction lane on both sides of the road because only one set of raised kerbs is needed. 

The cycleway will be 3m wide, reduced to 2.8m in some areas to fit within the existing road space. The footpath will remain a shared walking and cycling path and some riders may prefer to use this instead of the on-road cycleway.  


Changes will include:

  • Minor alterations to bus stops between Plumer Street and The Strand to ensure safety for passengers waiting for and transferring on and off buses. 
  • The design for this first stage of construction requires a narrower centre (median) island, which means we'll be shortening the right turning lane on Quay Street that gives access to the western entrance of the apartment complex near The Strand.
  • A temporary ramp will be installed to connect the cycleway back onto the existing shared path where this first stage of works stops at the eastern end of Quay Street near The Strand intersection. The existing bus stop will shift a short distance towards The Strand.
  • To create room for the cycleway, we plan to move the traffic lanes and narrow the median island in the centre of the road. Changes to the median island mean relocating around 14 trees as it will become too narrow to support them. One additional tree will also be relocated from the berm, between the existing shared path and the cycleway. It will make way for the upgraded bus stop east of Plumer Street. An arborist is currently assessing the health of the trees and identifying those that can be relocated. At the same time, we are working with Auckland Council Parks to identify suitable locations for those trees. 
  • Around 18 car parks will be removed from the northern side of Quay Street, opposite the shopping area and apartment complex near The Strand. The complex is served by off-street carparks. 


View the Quay Street Cycleway extension plans (PDF 3.3MB).

Project history of Quay Street Cycleway

Project overview

From the intersection of Quay Street and Lower Hobson Street, the cycleway extends for around 1 kilometre on the northern side of Quay Street, to the intersection with Plumer Street.

We have redesigned the area around Queens Wharf, replacing the section of shared path with separated cycle lanes.


Project details

Quay Street Cycleway is two-way, allowing travel in both directions within it. Parts of the cycleway sit on-road and other sections use the footpath.

The cycleway is separated from traffic by raised concrete kerbs. Between Lower Hobson Street and Britomart Place the concrete kerbs will be interspersed with planter boxes. A rubber speed cushion has been installed across the entrance to the port and the service station near Tinley Street, slowing vehicles as they cross the cycleway.

Quay Street Cycleway connects with Beach Road Cycleway at Britomart Place. At Plumer Street, the cycleway joins the existing shared path along Quay Street and Tamaki Drive. In 2018, AT will upgrade a section of this shared path, creating an improved connection with Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path due for completion the same year. 

Quay Street Cycleway runs east-west, as will a cycleway on Karangahape Road and another between Victoria Park and Auckland Domain. Both are planned for delivery in 2017. Cycleways on Nelson Street and Grafton Gully run north-south. Together, they will create a gridded network of cycle routes within the city centre.

The Quay Street Cycleway is part of the Urban Cycleways Programme.

Parking and pohutukawa

Around 9 car parking spaces have been removed from the northern side of Quay Street between Britomart Place and Tangihua Street, to enable the cycleway. There is sufficient parking available nearby to absorb this reduction. The planted traffic islands that sit in the centre of the road have been removed. We have relocated or replaced the 9 pohutukawa trees within the local area.


  • Connects with the ferry terminal and with cycle routes along Nelson Street, Beach Road and Auckland’s waterfront.
  • Designed for people of all ages and abilities.
  • An interim step towards the long-term transformation of Quay Street and the water’s edge.
  • Makes Quay Street a more pleasant walking experience, by shifting bikes onto the cycleway.
  • Helps create a city centre in which people feel safer and more confident walking and cycling.
  • Along with improvements to bus and train services, provides more travel options into the city, particularly during construction of the CRL
  • Helps achieve our target of a 30% increase in cycle journeys within Auckland by 2019.
  • Improves travel options around the city for local residents, now one of the most densely populated parts of the country.
  • Supports the social benefits of cycling: improvements to health, a reduction in household costs, a cleaner environment.

Key design changes

  • The entire route separates bikes and pedestrians. 
  • Planter boxes and raised concrete kerbs are used to separate the cycleway from traffic.
  • Drop kerbs at every pedestrian crossing will allow people on bikes to leave the cycleway and join the footpath. This change makes it easier to cross Quay Street and access side streets such as Commerce Street.
  • A zebra crossing has been added to the raised table across Plumer Street, giving priority over vehicles to pedestrians and cyclists who dismount.
  • The toucan crossing connecting Princes Wharf and Quay Street remains a pedestrian only crossing. The cycle crossing did not link to a cycleway on the other side and is in a busy pedestrian area. Cyclists should dismount to cross here.
  • Rubber speed cushion added across the entrance to the service station near Tinley Street to slow vehicles crossing the cycleway.

For more information on this project

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