Tick for Grafton Gully cy­cle­way

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGERALD

Grafton Gully cy­cle­way is a seam­less way for com­muters to ac­cess Auck­land’s CBD.

Opened in 2014, the $11 mil­lion ur­ban cy­cle­way is a link in Auck­land city’s cy­cle­way loop, and is de­signed to im­prove ac­cess to the city for com­mut­ing cy­clists from as far away as Hen­der­son - nearly 20 kilo­me­tres west.

In 2016 125,000 cy­clists used the cy­cle­way, Auck­land Trans­port fig­ures show.

By con­nect­ing with the North­west­ern ur­ban cy­cle­way, the Grafton Gully route pro­vides an al­most en­tirely off-road cy­cle­way be­tween Waitakere and Auck­land city.

The cy­cle­way is well sign posted, easy to use, well main­tained and con­nects ef­fi­ciently with the North­west­ern cy­cle­way, the Nel­son St cy­cle­way and Beach Rd cy­cle­way lead­ing into the in­ner city.

I rate the cy­cle­way 7/10 for recre­ational rid­ing and 10/10 for cy­cle com­mut­ing.

Hen­der­son res­i­dents Lawrence Chan­dam and Xiao­hui Hes, who were out tri­alling the North­west­ern and Grafton Gully cy­cle­ways re­cently, have de­cided they will cy­cle to work in fu­ture be­cause of the qual­ity of the cy­cle­way.

Chan­dam planned to cy­cle from Hen­der­son to Auck­land’s ferry ter­mi­nal be­fore get­ting on a ferry to De­von­port for work.

Hes planned on cy­cling Par­nell for work each day.

‘‘We re­ally en­joyed the [Grafton Gully] ride, it’s com­pletely off road,’’ Chan­dam said.

Chan­dam said cy­cling from Hen­der­son into town was ‘‘quite do-able and great ex­er­cise,’’ be­cause of the qual­ity of the cy­cle­way. to

The three to four me­tre wide, fully en­closed, con­crete cy­cle­way fol­lows the mo­tor­way in Grafton Gully, start­ing from Up­per Queen St and con­nect­ing to a shared path at Beach Rd.

It is well main­tained and feels very safe to ride on.

The cy­cle­way dips be­low the un­der­pass be­tween Welles­ley St East and Grafton Rd and in­cludes night light­ing for Auck­lan­ders cy­cling to and from work in the dark.

The down­side of the cy­cle­way is the de­mand­ing, steep gra­di­ent in the mid and up­per sec­tion lead­ing up to Up­per Queen St, mak­ing it less at­trac­tive for young fam­i­lies on recre­ational rides.

The Grafton Gully link pro­vides easy ac­cess to Auck­land Univer­sity and AUT, the city cen­tre, and Auck­land’s wa­ter­front.

MARY FITZGERALD/FAIRFAX NZ

Fairfax Me­dia re­porter Mary Fitzgerald rates Grafton Gully cy­cle­way highly for com­mut­ing.

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