New cy­cle­ways spark de­bate

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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.

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Some res­i­dents are sup­port­ive of the pro­posed new cy­cle­ways as they say it cre­ates safer op­tions for chil­dren.

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