Push for bridge lanes

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

More than 5000 peo­ple have signed up to sup­port adding a cy­cle­way and walk­way to the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

But Tran­sit says the project is un­af­ford­able and other op­tions are still be­ing con­sid­ered.

The Get Across cam­paign, or­gan­ised by Cy­cle Ac­tion Auck­land and Walk Auck­land, wants the lanes built as part of strength­en­ing work in July.

Cy­cle Ac­tion Auck­land chair­man Be­van Wood­ward says Tran­sit’s po­si­tion is dis­ap­point­ing.

“It’s dis­heart­en­ing to see the Tran­sit board so re­luc­tant to com­mit them­selves in light of the snow­balling sup­port. We get a sense of great sup­port for this, but there’s in­cred­i­ble frus­tra­tion at Tran­sit’s lack of in­ter­est in mak­ing it hap­pen.”

The walk­way and cy­cle­way has the sup­port of the Auck­land city, North Shore city and Auck­land re­gional coun­cils.

But pa­pers ob­tained un­der the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act show Tran­sit de­cided not to pro­ceed with the project in Septem­ber last year. That de­ci­sion was made be­fore re­leas­ing the re­sults of a fea­si­bil­ity study show­ing a walk­way and cy­cle­way was pos­si­ble.

A Tran­sit spokesman says the strength­en­ing work in­cludes pro­vi­sion for a pedes­trian-cy­cle­way to be added to the bridge in the fu­ture.

Al­though the project is cur­rently un­af­ford­able, Tran­sit recog­nises the strong in­ter­est in other op­tions.

“Tran­sit is work­ing with its lo­cal au­thor­i­ties on op­tions for pro­vid­ing for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists who wish to cross the har­bour.”

Mr Wood­ward says the group has asked to present its case to a Tran­sit board meet­ing.

It has also ap­plied to walk and cy­cle over the bridge as part of World En­vi­ron­ment Day on June 5. Visit www. getacross. org.nz.

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