Orakei cy­cle­way achieves top mark

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FITZGERALD

The de­vel­op­ers of Orakei’s Glen Innes to St He­liers Bay Rd cy­cle­way have re­ally hit the mark.

The first leg of the $46 mil­lion Auck­land cy­cle­way dubbed the ‘‘Orakei Spine’’, de­signed to con­nect the east­ern sub­urbs to the city, opened in late 2016. This first 1.5 kilo­me­tre stage of the 7.3km Orakei Spine cost $5.13m and stretches from Glen Innes train sta­tion to the top end of St He­liers Bay Rd.

The cy­cle­way gets 10/10 be­cause it is well con­structed, fully fenced, meets the needs of cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans, and for night users, has LED light­ing.

From the Glen Innes train sta- tion the cy­cle­way starts as a gen­tle gra­di­ent that be­comes steeper as the ride pro­gresses. The climb is made less dif­fi­cult by flat­ter sec­tions along the route.

The route pro­vides a safe, fast cy­cle­way for chil­dren get­ting to and from school. It is also a pleas­ant place to visit for a week­end walk with fam­ily. The route is also an op­tion for recre­ational cy­clists want­ing to ride down to St He­liers and around the bays.

When com­pleted the Orakei Spine will be one of Auck­land’s long­est cycling and walk­ing routes.

It will pro­vide a miss­ing link in the Auck­land Cy­cle Net­work, al­low­ing peo­ple to con­nect with routes at Point Eng­land and Ta­maki Dr.

MARY FITZGERALD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Stuff re­porter Mary Fitzgerald rates the first stage of the Orakei Spine cy­cle­way highly say­ing it meets the needs of all users.

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