New cy­cle­way opens

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Cy­clists are be­ing en­cour­aged to make use of the lat­est ad­di­tion to the city’s cycling and walk­ing net­work in Grafton Gully.

The 300-me­tre cy­cle­way be­tween Grafton and Alten roads opened this week.

It is the first stage of the 1.9-kilo­me­tre pro­ject to ex­tend the pop­u­lar north­west­ern cy­cle­way into the city cen­tre and univer­sity cam­puses.

New Zealand Trans­port Agency Auck­land and North­land state high­ways man­ager Tommy Parker says the ex­ten­sion gives peo­ple more trans­port choices.

‘‘There are al­ready 700 trips daily on the north­west­ern cy­cle­way, and the Grafton Gully ex­ten­sion will en­cour­age even more peo­ple to use this link.

‘‘When com­pleted, the ex­ten­sion will be a prac­ti­cal al­ter­na­tive to the car, cre­at­ing a safer route into the heart of the city and help tackle con­ges­tion.’’

The com­pleted Grafton Gully Cy­cle­way will cost $11 mil­lion, and is jointly funded by the NZTA, Auck­land Coun­cil and Auck­land Trans­port.

The new cy­cle­way is 4m wide and pro­vides am­ple space for walk­ers and cy­clists to share.

Auck­land Trans­port chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Greg Ed­monds says it is great to see Auck­lan­ders get­ting more trans­port op­tions.

‘‘We hope this cy­cle­way will be a pop­u­lar choice for cy­clists and walk­ers head­ing into the city.’’

The next stage of works will be the ex­ten­sion of the Grafton Gully link from Beach Rd in Par­nell to the city’s wa­ter­front to con­nect with the shared cy­cle­way and walk­way along Ta­maki Drive.

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