Cy­cle­way planned for Mt Roskill area

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Car­less travel is set to get eas­ier and safer in Mt Roskill.

A new cy­cle­way planned for the sub­urb will make it safer for school chil­dren, com­muters and re­cre­ational cy­clists, Auck­land Trans­port com­mu­nity trans­port man­ager Matthew Red­nall says.

The Mt Roskill Safe Routes project will link War Me­mo­rial Park, Keith Hay Park and Waikowhai Park.

It’s part of the Auck­land Cy­cle Net­work which aims to cre­ate a cy­cle friendly city and get more peo­ple on bikes.

The project will in­clude new in­fra­struc­ture and changes to the road lay­out, par­tic­u­larly at in­ter­sec­tions.

Op­tions in­clude shared paths, cy­cle lanes, safer ar­range­ments for cy­clists cross­ing in­ter­sec­tions and other mi­nor road changes.

‘‘By pro­vid­ing safe and con­nected cy­cle net­works we hope to build the con­fi­dence of young or in­ex­pe­ri­enced cy­clists as well as in­creas­ing the com­mut­ing choices for those trav­el­ling to school or work,’’ Mr Red­nall says.

The new routes will con­nect with ex­ist­ing and planned cy­cle paths on SH20 and on streets par­al­lel to Do­min­ion Rd to pro­vide fu­ture con­nec­tions be­tween Mt Roskill and Newton.

Even­tu­ally it will pro­vide a con­tin­u­ous and con­nected cy­cle route be­tween Mount Roskill and the CBD.

The project com­ple­ments the Green­ways Net­work ini­tia­tive of the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board. Chair­woman Julie Fairey says the board supports the pro­posal.

‘‘Open­ing up a cy­cle net­work con­nect­ing through lo­cal parks will en­cour­age cy­clists of all ages to ex­plore their com­mu­nity,’’ she says.

A green­way is a cor­ri­dor of safe routes for cy­clists and walk­ers through parks.

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