Cy­cle­way de­signed for safer city cy­cling

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

A new Auck­land CBD cy­cle­way ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2019 will make trav­el­ling by bike across the city safer and eas­ier.

Auck­land Trans­port had called for pub­lic feed­back on the $3.78m Vic­to­ria St cy­cle­way de­vel­op­ment, which will in­clude a ded­i­cated, phys­i­cally sep­a­rated route run­ning be­tween the Beau­mont St intersection and the Hob­son St intersection along Vic­to­ria St West.

The cy­cle­way will pro­vide safe, sep­a­rated cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties be­tween Vic­to­ria Park and the Auck­land Do­main, cre­at­ing cy­cle­ways to and through the heart of the city cen­tre.

Herne Bay res­i­dent Chris Grib­bon said the cy­cle­way would be a ‘‘game changer’’ for his daily cy­cle com­mute from Herne Bay to Grafton Gully.

‘‘Hav­ing this sec­tion in place will take a lot of stress out of my bike com­mute be­cause of the sep­a­rate bike lanes - I will feel much safer on my bike on my way to and from work,’’ he said.

The cy­cle­way will also con­nect to pub­lic trans­port hubs.

The route will link to the Nel­son St cy­cle­way and a fu­ture cy­cle­way in Franklin Rd as well as links to Herne Bay and Fed­eral St.

Auck­land Trans­port’s man- ager of walk­ing, cy­cling and road safety Kathryn King said the route would en­cour­age more peo­ple to cy­cle to and from the in­ner city.

‘‘It will be one of the most use­ful routes in our net­work and we are ex­pect­ing to get lots of feed­back from peo­ple very keen to see this cy­cle­way built,’’ King said.

‘‘While we have got a work­ing de­sign, we want to hear from peo­ple who bike through the area or who might in the fu­ture, about how we can build a fa­cil­ity that re­ally meets their needs,’’ she said.

Auck­land Trans­port would make changes to the pro­pose de­sign based on pub­lic feed­back, King said.

Bike Auck­land chair­woman Bar­bara Cuth­bert said the cy­cle­way de­sign will make it eas­ier to ride into the city cen­tre from Pon­sonby, St Marys Bay and Herne Bay.

‘‘Once the Franklin Rd lanes to the west and Nel­son St cy­cle­way at the eastern end are com­pleted, there will be re­ally im­pres­sive city cy­cling routes ready to ride.

‘‘Peo­ple re­ally want to bike - it’s all about join­ing the dots,’’ Cuth­bert said.

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A com­puter gen­er­ated im­age of the pro­posed re­design of the Vic­to­ria St and Beau­mont St lay­out. Bar­bara Cuth­bert

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