From May to August 2021, Auckland Transport (AT) trialled Project WAVE, a new street layout within the Viaduct that includes a cycleway, a one-way system, and increased loading zones.
The Viaduct Cycleway is a success, with 500 riders on weekdays. The new loading zones and drop-off areas for taxi and rideshare are well used, and the one-way system has calmed traffic.
AT will now work with the community to respond to feedback, particularly the concerns expressed by Viaduct residents and businesses. We will bring the cycleway and street enhancements to a higher quality, permanent standard.
Investigations for 2022
We are investigating making more significant improvements from mid-2022. We will work with the Viaduct Cycleway and Enhancements working group and the local community to further develop these plans.
Completing the city centre cycle loop
Though short in distance, the Viaduct Cycleway is a vital link in Auckland’s growing cycleway network. It connects two of our busiest cycleways and allows people on bikes to travel from West Auckland and Karangahape Road to Downtown and the Eastern Beaches, all on a protected cycleway.
December 2015 - Phase 1 of Nelson Street Cycleway opens, including Te Ara I Whiti (The Lightpath)
July 2016 - Quay Street Cycleway opens.
October 2017 - Public consultation shows support for a Viaduct cycleway link, along with strong local concerns about effects on goods deliveries.
December 2017 - Phase 2 of Nelson Street Cycleway opens.
March 2020 - Further public consultation supports a planned cycleway on Market Place.
April 2020 - Budgets reduced due to Covid-19. Market Place Cycleway project is cancelled.
September 2020 - Through the Innovating Streets for People programme, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency funds a trial cycleway through the Viaduct - Project WAVE.
May - August 2021 - Project WAVE trial runs. Monitoring and public feedback are used to evaluate its success.
September 2021 - Public feedback and monitoring shows the cycleway is well used but with local issues to resolve in the next project phase.
From Monday 17 May to Sunday 13 June 2021, the public was invited to provide feedback via an online survey and at a drop-in session. 583 Submissions were received, with 72% support for the changes.
Community feedback tells us we need to:
- Work with businesses to improve access for deliveries.
- Prevent people driving along the cycleway.
- Work with residents to address concerns around visitor access and parking.
- Make it safer and more pleasant for people walking and biking through the area.
For more information on this project
Get in touch and sign up for project updates at wave@AT.govt.nz