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.