$635m cycling infrastructure wish list
Auckland Transport ( AT) is seeking sign off on $635 million worth of cycling infrastructure, including 150km in new cycleways.
AT’s Cycling Programme Business Case (CPBC) looks at areas across Auckland where cycling investment is needed.
The programme would result in $600m invested into 150km of new cycleways and $35m in complementary initiatives, such as public bike share programmes, bicycle parking and cyclelane enforcement.
Factors such as population, school enrolment, job numbers and commute lengths were looked at to pinpoint areas most in need of cycle infrastructure.
Target suburbs included Auckland City, Mt Albert, Glen Innes, Sandringham and Henderson.
The CPBC aims to address three problem areas - cyclists feeling unsafe, the disproportionate number who involved in serious or fatal crashes and societal issues such as New Zealand’s high rate of obesity and transport emissions.
The investment will focus on people using bikes for everyday transport, instead of long distance commuters or those who cycle as a sport.
AT projected an increase from 1 per cent to 4 per cent of journeys to work via bicycle as a successful end result.
The programme is expected to be fully implemented by 2028.
More than 230,000 people live within a 30-minute bike ride from the city centre, and 736,000 people live within a 15-minute bike ride to a station or ferry terminal.
AT cycling and walking manager Kathryn King said Auckland was playing catch-up with transport funding.
‘‘Auckland has been under invested in transport for some
However, King was optimistic the $635m would be granted by Auckland Council by the end of the year.
Bike Auckland spokeswoman Jessica Rose said the CPBC was visionary.
AT are looking ahead and building towards that, she said.
Auckland’s light path cost $18 million to build and averages 564 trips per day.