The Tamaki Drive cycle route will improve walking and cycling facilities along Tamaki Drive. Once complete, the cycleway will connect with cycle routes to Glen Innes, Parnell, and the central city. During construction, low spots on Tamaki Drive will be raised to improve protection against flooding.
Project status: Construction.
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 cycling. 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.
- October 2019 - Tender process.
- February 2020 - Construction starts.
New pedestrian bridge at Pt Resolution.
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.
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.
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 2.8 metre 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.
- 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.
- Parking for the most part will be the same as it was prior to work commencing, for visibility and safety reasons, a few parks removed around the pedestrian bridge near the Parnell baths.
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 1.8 - 3 metres, depending on location.
Lane widths along Tamaki Drive
Image: Tamaki Drive layout.
After the works are complete, the lane widths for Tamaki Drive, between Ngapipi Road and the entrance to the Port of Auckland is 3 metres in the centre lanes and 2.95 metres in the kerbside lanes, in both directions.
However, there is a section of road that the widths are slightly different. These are on the curve near the pedestrian overbridge to the Parnell baths. In this section the eastbound lanes will be 2.8 metres wide in the kerbside lane and 3.3 metres wide in the centre lane. The westbound lanes in the same location will be 3.8 metres in the centre lane and 2.95 metres in the kerbside lane.
The purpose behind the design that AT is currently delivering, was to ensure that heavy commercial vehicles have most of the road space allocated to them, while maintaining the safety of smaller vehicles. While buses may not fully fit within the kerb side lane on the curves, the design was deemed safe due to the overall space allocated across the two lanes in the direction of travel.
During the planning process for the Tamaki Drive cycleway project, Auckland Transport’s Design and Standards department were asked to review the design in mid-2019. As part of that process they sought to determine whether a departure from our standard width for the southern footpath reductions would be considered acceptable under the engineering rules we maintain and administer.
The proposed design at that time significantly reduced the footpath (on the southern side) in sections for quite some distance in multiple locations. It was determined that any reduction below AT’s standard of 1.8 metres would be detrimental for users of the footpath, especially those with mobility impairment. We also noted that the proposed design would not work for large vehicles on the curves due to lack of space for large trailers.
In order to meet the project objectives, which included a substantial reduction in width for the bi-directional cycleway, the Design and Standards team, along with their digital design colleagues, proposed an alternative approach. This was to increase the middle lane dimensions to accommodate larger vehicles, such as busses and trucks, and reduce the kerb side lanes to be utilised by smaller vehicles.
Vehicle surveys, which were conducted by standard traffic counting and video monitoring over a 7-day period, confirmed that large vehicles predominately used the centre lane in each direction. At no time during the survey period was there a situation that 4 large vehicles, either buses or trucks, were side by side. The available corridor width is not wide enough to accommodate all users to the normal dimensions as defined in AT’s engineering standards. The design approach was reviewed, discussed and agreed with the Road Safety team from Auckland Transport. The resulting design was also reviewed by an independent safety auditor who agreed with the approach and rationale.
Auckland Transport is confident that there is sufficient width in each direction across the four lanes to accommodate a bus and truck tracking side by side. There is also enough width in the lanes for large vehicles, such as SUVs, that are towing boat trailers.
Tamaki Drive road raising and new traffic lane widths
The project will raise a section of Tamaki Drive between the Ngapipi Bridge and the Outboard Boating Club. These works will be completed at night between 8pm and 5am through to 23 October, then one final night of works planned for 27 October. New line markings will be painted to reflect the final lane arrangement and widths.
The project team are planning a number of drop in information sessions to provide further information regarding lane widths and how the road will operate once construction is completed. Times and locations for these drop in sessions will be provided on this project page in coming weeks.
The project will affect 6 pohutukawa trees in total; 3 trees will be relocated within the project area, the other 3 trees will be replaced with 4 smaller pohutukawa trees along the corridor. The pohutukawa trees being replaced are too large to be successfully relocated. 2 pohutukawa trees on the southern (rail) side of Tamaki Drive will need to be replaced with smaller specimens. These 2 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
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 started in February 2020.
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.