Cy­cling net­work gets cash booster

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Travel op­tions for cy­clists head­ing from Mt Roskill to the city are set to im­prove this year.

The NZ Trans­port Agency has ap­proved $3.2m in fund­ing to ex­tend Auck­land’s cy­cling net­work. The money will be used to con­struct cy­cle routes on less busy sub­ur­ban streets that run par­al­lel and ad­ja­cent to Do­min­ion Rd.

The fund­ing is a 53 per cent share of a $6.1m project led by Auck­land Trans­port to pro­vide 5.5 kilo­me­tres of cy­cle­way.

The re­gional man­ager for the NZ Trans­port Agency’s plan­ning and in­vest­ment group Peter Casey says the project will deliver safety and travel choices.

‘‘The Trans­port Agency is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion by pro­vid­ing op­tions so that people don’t have to rely on us­ing cars,’’ he says.

‘‘The new routes will en­cour­age more people to cy­cle. They will be avail­able for less con­fi­dent cy­clists as an al­ter­na­tive to the more chal­leng­ing Do­min­ion Rd, and by the large num­ber of chil­dren liv­ing in the area.’’

Auck­land Trans­port com­mu­nity trans­port man­ager Matthew Red­nall says the fund­ing de­ci­sion is an in­te­gral step for the project.

‘‘These are im­por­tant links for grow­ing cy­cling for Auck­land, and for pro­vid­ing cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties be­tween schools and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.’’

The

project

in­cludes safety up­grades at in­ter­sec­tions, im­proved light­ing and sig­nage, and con­struc­tion of speed humps and traf­fic is­lands to en­cour­age ve­hi­cles to slow down.

Con­struc­tion of the cy­cling routes is due to start later in the year.

It is part of a much wider Auck­land Trans­port project to up­grade Do­min­ion Rd, also sup­ported by NZTA.

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