We are creating a safe, separated, single directional cycleway along each side of Victoria Street West, from Beaumont Street to Nelson Street.
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- View the proposed cross-sections.
- Get the results of public feedback and read the consultation report.
Project status: Construction.
Project zone: Central.
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.
Construction is on an accelerated programme, most of the work will be done during January and February 2020.
There will be safety improvements for people walking along Victoria Street West and at the Halsey/Victoria Street West intersection.
- 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.
- Mid 2017: Public consultation.
- Late 2017-November 2019: Detailed design.
- Late 2019-Mid 2020: Construction.
Halsey Street to Nelson Street
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Between Beaumont Street and Franklin Road
Between Franklin Road and Halsey Street
Between Halsey Street and Dock Street
Between Dock Street and Hardinge Street
Between Hardinge Street and Graham Street
We carried out public consultation in 2017. We received 342 submissions. Most people who submitted were supportive of the cycleway.
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.
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 has 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 will begin between Christmas and New Year’s 2019.
Key changes from late December 2019 to February 2020 include.
- On Victoria Street between Nelson and Beaumont Street, there will be two lanes heading towards the city and one lane heading out of the city.
- Parking in Dock, Hardinge and Graham streets will be restricted due to the work on the entrances to these streets. Hardinge and Graham streets may be one way only at some points during construction.
- There will temporarily be no right turn access to Wellesley Street West from Victoria Street West.
- There is no longer left turn access from Victoria Street West to Wellesley Street. This is a permanent change.
Stage 1: late December 2019 to late February 2020
- Installing the cycleway and bus stops
- Upgrading kerbs, gutters, footpaths, vehicle crossings, pram crossings, drainage, traffic signals and street lighting.
- Eight trees will be removed or relocated. Removed trees will be replaced with new trees.
Stage 2: approximately 8 nights of works
- Following completion of stage one, the street will be resurfaced.
- New line markings applied.
- Night works will be required in this stage of the work. Notification of this will be provided prior to the work occurring.
Stage 3: approximately 10 nights of works, 6 weeks after stage 2 is complete
- Six weeks after the new surface has been laid, the coloured surface will be applied to the cycleway.
- Concrete separators will be installed to ensure the cycle lanes are physically separated from motorised traffic for the whole route.
Last updated: 17 January 2020
First published: November 2016