Cy­cle­way plan both­ers busi­nesses

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

A pro­posed down­town Auck­land cy­cle­way may strip Viaduct restau­rants of a de­liv­ery life­line.

Ju­dith Tabron, owner of pop­u­lar Viaduct restau­rant Soul Bar and Bistro said she was dis­tressed about the pro­posed re­moval of a key de­liv­ery load­ing zone, that may be re­placed with a cy­cle­way on Lower Hob­son St.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) has plans to re­design the Lower Hob­son St lay­out as part of a wider plan to com­plete the city cen­tre cy­cling loop, con­nect­ing ex­ist­ing city cy­cle­ways onto Quay St and Grafton Rd.

The re­moval of the Lower Hob­son St load­ing zone, that ser­vices Viaduct restau­rants, is part of the pro­posed plan.

Tabron said the load­ing zone re­lo­ca­tion would ‘‘se­verely dam­age’’ the vi­a­bil­ity of Viaduct busi­nesses, in­clud­ing her own.

She said she wanted to make sure Viaduct busi­nesses were able to ‘‘have a real say’’ in the re­design of streets in the area.

Ev­ery month Soul Bar had about 1000 de­liv­er­ies or ser­vice peo­ple en­ter­ing the premises from the cur­rent load­ing zone - equat­ing to 32 de­liv­er­ies per day, she said.

‘‘With­out the load­ing zone in it’s cur­rent po­si­tion, our busi­ness would be dis­ad­van­taged,’’ she said.

‘‘There are many other busi­nesses who also have hourly de­liv­er­ies be­ing made who use this load­ing zone - and to re­lo­cate it some­where else is not re­al­is­tic,’’ she said.

Auck­land Trans­port walk­ing, cy­cling and road safety man­ager Kathryn King said the plans were still in draft form while ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion was un­der­way.

As part of the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion AT would con­sider the im­pact on ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing park­ing, taxis, load­ing zones and traf­fic lanes.

King said AT would only go out to the wider pub­lic for con­sul­ta­tion once key users’ views had been taken into ac­count.

Auck­land Trans­port wanted to en­sure a so­lu­tion was reached that worked for ev­ery­one, she said.

‘‘We don’t want to end up in the sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple can­not run their busi­nesses - they pro­vide a vi­tal and im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of our city.

‘‘We want to en­sure we have a road net­work that en­ables peo­ple to get to these busi­nesses whether it is in a ve­hi­cle or on a bike or walk­ing,’’ King said

MARY FITZGER­ALD/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Soul Bar and Bistro owner Ju­dith Tabron says the load­ing zone needs to stay.

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