Wheels set in mo­tion for cy­cle­way route

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Bike-rid­ers will get to pedal fur­ther now that work is un­der way to com­plete a cy­cle­way route that runs along­side State High­way 16.

Ear­lier this month New Zealand Trans­port Agency marked the start of construction on the 1.2km strip, which runs be­tween Bond St and Myr­tle St in Kings­land.

The route will add to an ex­ist­ing 12km cy­cle­way from New­ton Rd in cen­tral Auck­land to Te Atatu Rd in west Auck­land.

Agency state high­ways man­ager for Auck­land and North­land Tommy Parker hopes the north­west­ern link will at­tract more cy­clists to the area, with about 500 peo­ple us­ing it each day.

A year ago the or­gan­i­sa­tion con­ducted a strate­gic study of var­i­ous cy­cle­ways.

“This one came to the top of the pile,” he says. “There will be some dis­rup­tion to the com­mu­nity but as al­ways we will do our best to be good neigh­bours.”

Cy­cle Action Auck­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bar­bara Cuth­bert says she is thrilled to see the progress.

“We’ve seen a huge de­ple­tion in cycling projects with bud­gets cut.”

She praised Mr Parker for his ef­forts and la­belled him a “cycling pin-up boy”.

Cy­cle­way ac­cess points will be cre­ated at Nixon Park, Kings­land Ave, School Rd, Finch St, Moun­tain View Rd and Myr­tle St.

The $3 mil­lion project, ex­pected to be com­pleted early next year, will see fences and noise walls re­placed and na­tive plant­ing in the area.

Coun­cil re­gional trans­port com­mit­tee chair­woman Chris­tine Rose says the work is a sym­bolic link which builds con­fi­dence.

“For any cy­clist mix­ing with traf­fic is scary – you need psy­cho­log­i­cal ar­mour­plat­ing.”

She says walk­ing and cycling are easy, nat­u­ral and sus­tain­able forms of trans- port in the face of in­creas­ing con­ges­tion and obe­sity.

The agency is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing plans to ex­tend the cy­cle­way to­wards Auck­land Uni­ver­sity and im­prove­ments will be made be­tween Waterview and Rose­bank Penin­sula as part of mo­tor­way widen­ing.

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