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Victoria Street Cycleway Victoria Street Cycleway

We are creating a safe, separated, single directional cycleway along each side of Victoria Street West, from Beaumont Street to Nelson Street.


Project status: Construction.
Project zone: Central.


Project overview

Victoria Street cycleway passing Victoria Park Markets artists impression.

In late December 2019, Auckland Transport (AT) began construction of a safe, separated, single directional cycleway that links the city centre, Victoria Park, and other key destinations.

It will connect with the existing cycleways on Nelson Street and Franklin Road. There will be safety improvements for people walking along Victoria Street West and at the Halsey/Victoria Street West intersection.

Work still to complete includes: planting trees, installing cycleway dividers, resealing the road, painting the cycleway, changes to bus stops and loading zones, upgrading street lighting.

Benefits

  • Safety – Safer streets for people walking and people on bikes.
  • Connections – Creating a network of cycleways across the city.
  • Environment – Making our streets healthier places.
  • Choice – Giving Aucklanders transport options.

Timeline

  • Mid 2017: Public consultation.
  • Late 2017-November 2019: Detailed design.
  • Late 2019-Mid 2020: Construction.

Download the detailed designs for the Victoria Street Cycleway (PDF 9MB).

Design and details of the Victoria Street Cycleway

Halsey Street to Nelson Street

Halsey Street to Nelson Street

Halsey Street to Nelson Street artists impression.

  • Protected, on road cycleway on the Les Mills side of the road.
  • Separated, on footpath, cycleway on the Spark side of the road with footpath widening to make space for different users.
  • Bus shelters on the Spark side of the road, between Halsey and Hardinge Street, will be removed and replaced with a new design.
  • Removal of 18 on-street carparks on the Les Mills side of the road.

Halsey Street/Victoria Street West intersection

Image of A safer intersection at Halsey/Victoria Street West

The Halsey Street/Victoria Street West intersection is a busy area for people both walking and driving. To make it safer, we are reducing the interaction between the two.

We will build out the kerb on three corners of the intersection. Doing this will create more space for people waiting to cross the road.

This will mean the removal of three left turn slip lanes and three pedestrian crossings:

  • The left turn from Victoria to Wellesley will be removed permanently.
  • Other vehicles will still be able to turn left but will now need to wait at the traffic lights.

Beaumont Street to Halsey Street

Beaumont Street to Halsey Street

Beaumont Street to Halsey Street artists impression.

  • Protected, on road cycleway on the Victoria Park Market side of the road.
  • Separated, on footpath cycleway on the Victoria Park side of the road.
  • Removal of 14 on-street carparks alongside Victoria Park.

Project features

Bus stops

All bus stops will stay in the same general locations.
We will paint the cycleway red where it goes past bus stops. This is so that people on bikes know to slow down.

Loading zones

We will add new loading zones at:

  • 152-156 Victoria Street West.
  • 188 Victoria Street West.

*The loading zone at number 188 will be put in after construction is finished at Les Mills.

Speed cushions

Speed cushions are small speed humps:

  • We will install speed cushions outside driveways, where cars need to cross the cycleway.
  • Speed cushions help to keep pedestrians and people on bikes safe.
  • Speed Cushions are already in place on Nelson Street Cycleway.

Speed tables

Speed tables are long speed humps. They slow traffic and increase safety for people walking and people on bikes.

Speed tables will be added at the entrances to:

  • Dock Street
  • Graham Street.

*There will be changes to the speed table at the entrance to Union Street.
*A speed table will be added at the entrance to Hardinge Street once the Mansons construction at the other end of Hardinge Street has been completed.

Cross-sections looking east on Victoria Street

Between Beaumont Street and Franklin Road

Between Beaumont Street and Franklin Road

Between Franklin Road and Halsey Street

Between Franklin Road and Halsey Street

Between Halsey Street and Dock Street

Between Halsey Street and Dock Street

Between Dock Street and Hardinge Street

Between Dock Street and Hardinge Street

Between Hardinge Street and Graham Street

Between Hardinge Street and Graham Street

Consultation

We carried out public consultation in 2017. We received 342 submissions. Most people who submitted were supportive of the cycleway. 

Download the Victoria Street Cycleway feedback report (PDF 2MB, 51 pages).

Following this feedback, an in-depth urban design review took place in 2018. The changes that were made are:

  • a reduced scope - Removing the section of cycleway between Nelson Street and Hobson Street. Removing this section will reduce the impact on Victoria Street Cycleway in from other major projects such as: City Rail Link, International Convention Centre, Victoria Street Linear Park. The rest of the originally proposed (Nelson Street to Beaumont Street) will go ahead as planned.
  • three raised speed tables have been introduced to the design. These will slow traffic and make it safer for pedestrians and people on bikes. These raised speed tables will be located at the entrances to Graham Street, Hardinge Street and Dock Street.
  • some extra trees need to be removed from the northern side of Victoria Street West, between Halsey Street and Nelson Street. This is because their current locations impact on the safety of the cycleway. All removed trees will be replaced in different locations, as part of this project.

* the raised table at the entrance to Hardinge Street will be put in place once the construction at the other end of the street has finished.


Route map

Map of the Cycle lanes in the city


Background

As Auckland’s population increases and more cars join the road network, we are working on finding ways to make it easier and safer for people to walk and use other active modes of travel like riding bikes and e-scooters. The Victoria Street cycleway will connect with the wider cycle network and encourage more children and adults to get on bikes – getting cars off the road.

Following a study of options, Victoria Street West was chosen as the best route to improve bike access into and through the city centre. It is not as steep and will in the future have less bus traffic than nearby streets.

There are currently no bike lanes along this route, which is home to shops, workplaces, education, public spaces, and public transport.

Across Auckland, as part of a Vision Zero and Safe System approach, we are working to create a more ‘forgiving’ road network that recognises people sometimes make mistakes, but the consequences don’t have to be devastating. This involves improving safety on our roads where there are large amounts of people walking and on bikes – like in the city centre.


Construction

Construction began on 27 December 2019. During January and February 2020 construction was on an accelerated programme – this meant that we were able to finish the majority of heavy construction during the period when city centre traffic was at its quietest.

Work on the Victoria Park/Spark side of the road is largely complete. It is important to note that work on the Victoria Park Market/Les Mills side of the road will be nowhere near as extensive as the Victoria Park/Spark side.


Project updates


4 May 2020

Victoria Street West reduced to one lane in each direction during COVID-19 Alert Level 3

Construction of the Victoria Street Cycleway has resumed, with all staff following Ministry of Health Guidelines. On Victoria Street West, between Nelson Street and the mid-Block crossing outside Victoria Park Markets, traffic lanes will be reduced to one lane each way. This will allow enough space for both the public and construction staff to safely maintain physical distancing. This will be in place from Monday 4 May until Alert Level 3 is reduced.

6 March 2020

Victoria Street is back to two lanes each way

As of March 1, 2020 traffic lanes are back to two lanes each way. Most of the heavy construction work has been completed, but there is still work to do to finish construction by the middle of 2020.

The remaining work will be done in small sections and at night to complete this project with as little disruption as possible.

Work still to complete includes:

  • planting trees
  • installing cycleway dividers
  • resealing the road
  • painting the cycleway
  • changes to bus stops and loading zones on the Victoria Park Market side of the road
  • upgrading street lighting.

We thank you for your patience during this time.


Last updated: 4 May 2020
First published: November 2016


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