SkyPath cy­cle route gets un­der way

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - LAINE MOGER

Con­struc­tion of the first stage of a cy­cle route that will even­tu­ally link the SkyPath to Taka­puna has be­gun on the North Shore.

The en­tire length of the North­cote Safe Cy­cle Route will cost $10 mil­lion and link the SkyPath, an ad­di­tion to Auck­land Har­bour Bridge, to Sea­p­ath, a coastal cy­cle trail head­ing to Taka­puna.

Work has be­gun with the most con­tro­ver­sial sec­tion along lower Queen St in North­cote Point.

Ini­tial de­signs for this sec­tion were changed after res­i­dents said they did not want to lose street park­ing or have overly speedreduc­ing mea­sures.

Bike Auck­land’s North Shore spokesper­son Steve Southall said, over­all, the or­gan­i­sa­tion was happy with the de­sign of the cy­cle trail, apart from the North­cote Point sec­tion.

‘‘I am still up­set Auck­land Trans­port di­luted the route’s safety to ap­pease lo­cal res­i­dents on the street,’’ Southall said.

‘‘They took the ‘safe’ out and haven’t put the ‘safe’ back in.’’

Southall said Bike Auck­land would mon­i­tor the use and the suc­cess of the route, to test the met­tle of its safety mea­sures.

‘‘You can only judge it once the whole route is fin­ished.’’

Auck­land Trans­port’s Kathryn King said the North­cote Point sec­tion should be com­pleted in June 2017, then the bal­ance of con­struc­tion should take a fur­ther 12 months.

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Bike Auck­land’s North Shore Spokesper­son Steve Southall says there will be po­ten­tially un­safe ar­eas on the cy­cle­way.

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