Safer cy­cle­way

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The open­ing of Auck­land’s first two-way sep­a­rated cy­cle­way is a huge win for cy­clists, Cy­cle Ac­tion spokes­woman Bar­bara Cuth­bert says.

Cy­clists and walk­ers now have ac­cess to the 2.7 kilo­me­tre Up­per Queen St-Grafton Gul­lyBeach Rd link.

Cuth­bert says: ‘‘To have cy­clists com­ing and go­ing on one side of the road with a sep­a­rated wide con­crete kerb gives cy­cling a pro­file that we haven’t had up till now. This is what is go­ing to make the dif­fer­ence; well de­signed, in­no­va­tive in­fra­struc­ture.’’

The cy­cle­way crosses to the north­ern side of Beach Rd at Te Taou Cres with new traf­fic lights es­pe­cially for cy­clists that en­able them to cross di­ag­o­nally.

‘‘This has not been seen in Auck­land be­fore and I just think it’s ex­tremely ex­cit­ing,’’ she says.

‘‘I want this to be the first of many pro­tected cy­cle­ways and I ex­pect once cy­clists see it they’ll be call­ing for much more of this too.’’

The NZ Trans­port Agency, Auck­land Coun­cil and Auck­land Trans­port have col­lab­o­rated on the link’s three sec­tions.

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