AT wants to create an improved walking and cycling route along Tamaki Drive and connect with cycle routes to Glen Innes, Parnell, and the central city.
Project status: Detailed design.
Project area: Central.
We are upgrading the walking and cycling facilities on Tamaki Drive between the end of the Quay Street Cycleway (which will be extended to a point just west of The Strand intersection) and the intersection with Ngapipi Road.
Features and changes
- Walking and cycling improvements at intersections.
- Suitable for riders of varying abilities and confidence levels.
- Changes to parking.
- Tree pruning.
- A new pedestrian bridge next to the Point Resolution Estuary Bridge.
- Raising the road up to half a metre on Tamaki Drive between the Outboard Boating Club and Ngapipi Bridge.
- Increased connections to other cycle routes.
- More transport choices.
- Encouragement for more people to go walking and cyclying. Tamaki Drive is Auckland’s busiest route for cycling, averaging over 1,500 cycle trips every day. We expect these numbers to increase with the completion of this project.
- Help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.
- May/June 2017 - Consultation.
- September 2017 - Revised design and feedback report.
- March-2019 - Detailed design and consent process.
- Mid-2019 - Construction starts.
This project has a total budget of $14.4 million.
The route will improve access into the city centre by connecting with other cycle routes:
- Quay Street Cycleway extension. Completed and is open for public to use.
- Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path.
- A proposed cycle route to Parnell along The Strand, Gladstone Road, and St Stephens Avenue. Construction is expected in late 2019.
- Ngapipi Road intersection. Traffic lights and improvements for walking and cycling was completed mid-2018.
- The existing Tamaki Drive on-road cycle route and shared path east of Ngapipi intersection.
Auckland Transport conducted a review of the original design for this section of the Tamaki Drive cycleway. The review identified areas that could increase benefits for people on bikes by constructing an off-road bi-directional segregated cycle facility.
Features and benefits of the new design include
- A 2.8m dedicated bi-directional off-road cycleway, separated from the existing shared pathway by the existing grassed berm with pōhutukawa trees.
- 800mm wide landscaped strip separating the road from the cycleway and provides protection from car doors opening.
- Maintains the existing traffic lane arrangements and widths.
- Construction of a standard kerb and channel on the edge of the eastbound (train tack) traffic lane.
- The off-road cycle path reduces risk of kerb strike.
- An 800mm buffer that increases the physical separation. This is more consistent with sections of the bi-directional cycleway immediately to the west, particularly along the Quay Street Cycleway extension.
- Reduction in whole of life cost.
Feedback has helped shape the design
Public feedback clearly showed a majority preference for a route along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, and for physical separation between cyclists and pedestrians.
As a result, we will now build a bi-directional (2-way) separated cycleway, along the northern (sea) side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension (west of The Strand) and Ngapipi Road, including across Ngapipi Bridge, which we plan to widen by a separate project. Find out more about the bridge widening.
Shared path south (rail side) of Tamaki Drive
To make room for the cycleway and 4 traffic lanes, we will convert the existing shared path on the southern (rail) side of Tamaki Drive to a pedestrian-only footpath, reducing the width to between 1.4m-2.4m, depending on location.
Image: Tamaki Drive layout.
The project will affect six pohutukawa trees in total; three trees will be relocated within the project area, the other three trees will be replaced with four smaller pohutukawa trees along the corridor. The pohutukawa trees being replaced are too large to be successfully relocated. Two pohutukawa trees on the southern (rail) side of Tamaki Drive will need to be replaced with smaller specimens. These two trees have grown in such a way that their roots have become exposed to the footpath and they now present a safety issue for pedestrians and people on bikes. Unfortunately, these pohutukawa are too big to relocate and will be replaced.
We will also prune some trees with low-hanging branches for the safety of cyclists and traffic, all tree work will be carried out by qualified arborists. The result is that there can and will be more trees in the project area than there were prior to work beginning.
Image: Footpath damage caused by pohutukawa roots
The project will take the opportunity to address interim flooding in low spots along Tamaki Drive by raising the road and berm level by up to 500mm, this is an interim solution more resilient for flooding, it is not a permanent solution for extreme storm events such as king tides, storm and high winds.
This work area will be between the Outboard Boating Club and Ngapipi Bridge.
New pedestrian bridge next to the Point Resolution Estuary Bridge
A new pedestrian bridge will be constructed on the northern (sea) side of the existing Point Resolution Estuary Bridge. The existing shared path on the Point Resolution Estuary Bridge will be converted to continue the bi-directional cycleway.
From 19 May to 18 June 2017, we sought feedback on the proposed route and path design to help us improve the proposal before we progress to the next stage of the project.
In September 2017, AT revised the design to provide a two-way separated cycleway along the northern side of Tamaki Drive. The project had a joint public consultation with Glen Innes Tamaki Drive Shared Path and Ngapipi Bridge Widening.
The public has been supportive of the revised design and we have considered all feedback and used it to improve the design.
Construction of the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route is expected to start mid-2019.
We will continue to investigate a crossing facility on the slip lane leading into Solent Street, and upgrading the pedestrian crossings at The Strand and Solent Street intersections to ‘toucan crossings’. These have separate crossing lanes for pedestrians and people on bikes.