Cy­cle­way planned for K Rd

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By KA­RINA ABADIA

A PRO­TECTED cy­cle­way that would phys­i­cally sep­a­rate cy­clists from cars on Karanga­hape Rd is one step closer to re­al­ity.

Gen­er­a­tion Zero cy­cling spokes­woman Emma McInnes is thrilled to see sep­a­rated cy­cle lanes in­cluded in the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board’s 30-year plan for the area.

The Karanga­hape Rd Plan will guide fu­ture devel­op­ment and in­cludes mea­sures to im­prove safety, pro­tect her­itage and cre­ate more public open spa­ces ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Fe­bru­ary 6).

It’s one of the city’s most used cy­cle routes but it’s un­der-pro­tected, McInnes says.

‘‘Plans for the cy­cle lane are still in their in­fancy, but it’s great to see the coun­cil’s vi­sion for the lanes is a dar­ing and ex­cit­ing one.’’

Gen­er­a­tion Zero launched a cam­paign for pro­tected cy­cle lanes along K Rd in May.

About 100 busi­nesses sup­ported the ini­tia­tive, and a pe­ti­tion for the cy­cle­ways at­tracted more than 2500 signatures.

An Auck­land Trans­port-led in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fea­si­bil­ity of a pro­tected cy­cle­way along K Rd, lead­ing to the soon-to-be de­vel­oped Nel­son St cy­cle­way is ex­pected within the next three years.

But that’s not soon enough, Cy­cle Ac­tion Auck­land spokes­woman Bar­bara Cuth­bert says.

‘‘It’s a vi­tal link feed­ing into the Nel­son St off-ramp.

‘‘If we didn’t go straight on and get it un­der way by early next year at the lat­est, Auck­land would be miss­ing out,’’ she says.

Karanga­hape Rd Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Bar­bara Holloway says it’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­one’s views are taken into ac­count.

‘‘As long as good con­sul­ta­tion takes place, we’re happy for it to be ac­cel­er­ated.

‘‘It needs to work for pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists, driv­ers, taxis, buses - as well as the needs of re­tail.’’

The as­so­ci­a­tion is sup­port­ive of any level of pedes­trian and cy­cle im­prove­ments for the road, Holloway says.

‘‘We had a lot of feed­back from prop­erty own­ers and ten­ants say­ing they are re­ally in­ter­ested in slower traf­fic speeds, bet­ter cross­ings, eas­ier pedes­trian flow and sup­port for cy­clists.

‘‘They’ve looked at the good re­sults for the Fort St area where re­tail growth has been tremen­dous since the shared space was in­tro­duced.’’

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board mem­ber Ver­non Tava is thrilled to see the cy­cle­way plans pro­gress­ing.

‘‘I’ve been push­ing for this and re­ally cham­pi­oning it,’’ Tava says.

‘‘Of course I’d like to see it hap­pen as soon as pos­si­ble, but it’s also im­por­tant that it be done prop­erly and in a last­ing way.’’

He’s pleased the K Rd busi­ness com­mu­nity has shown sup­port for the project.

‘‘Of­ten when a pro­tected cy­cle­way is pro­posed through a shop­ping area a lot of the lo­cal re­tail­ers are up in arms.

‘‘The re­tail­ers on K Rd see that this will ac­tu­ally in­crease the ease of get­ting to the area and will suit a lot of the peo­ple who will ac­tu­ally go to the dis­trict.’’

Some car parks will have to be re­moved to make way for the cy­cle lanes but this will be a ‘‘rel­a­tively small num­ber’’, he says.

‘‘I’d re­ally like to see a cy­cle­way that you’d ac­tu­ally feel happy to see young chil­dren rid­ing to school on.

‘‘K Rd’s cer­tainly not one of those roads at the mo­ment,’’ he says.

Pho­tos: BLAIR HAST­INGS

Peo­ple-friendly vi­sion: An artist’s im­pres­sion show­ing the pro­posed cy­cle lanes on K Rd in 2022.

Start­ing point: Karanga­hape Rd to­day.

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