Cycling network gets cash booster
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.’’
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.