New cycleways spark debate
Consultation on proposed cycleways in the Grey Lynn area has residents and business owners split.
Plans for four major walking and cycling routes, and improvements for bus users in the inner west suburbs, are out for public consultation and causing some residents concern.
However, Auckland Transport (AT) cycling, walking and road safety manager Kathryn King says the proposed changes are answering to a demand from previous public consultation.
The plans are for a new cycleway and improvement to the bus route along Great North Rd.
Another cycleway up Richmond Rd to Surrey Cres, a third on Garnet Rd, Old Mill Rd and Surrey Cres, and improved connections between the already completed routes are also proposed.
‘‘The routes are a combination of protected cycleways, on-road cycle lanes and traffic calming measures to make cycling and walking safer and more convenient,’’ King says.
Grey Lynn resident and member of Bike Grey Lynn Linda Broom is supportive of separated cycle lanes.
‘‘Currently, our only safe option is to ride on the footpath, which isn’t ideal. Protected cycling space would work so much better for everyone.’’
Broom lives on Old Mill Rd with her family and despite her on-street parking being affected, she thinks it’s a fair trade-off to create safer streets.
However Lisa Prager is strongly against both proposed options.
Prager owns the Garnet Sta- tion Cafe in Westmere and is concerned how both options reduce or remove parking outside her cafe.
‘‘Removal of all car parks shows gross cynicism and a blatant disregard by Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the local board towards us not only as commercial ratepayers, but also as an important part of our local community,’’ she says.
Prager says in removing the parking spaces it will create a new congestion problem.
However, King says AT is providing these cycleways in answer to public demand.
Construction is expected to start on the $4 million project in mid-2017.Go to at.govt.nz/cyclingwalking/ to view the proposed options and have your say until October 21.
Some residents are supportive of the proposed new cycleways as they say it creates safer options for children.