Mod­ern, Kiwi de­sign for city cy­cle­way

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Build it and they cy­clists’ mes­sage Trans­port (AT).

More than 800 peo­ple have re­sponded to an online sur­vey about the con­ver­sion of the Nel­son St of­framp which will be part of the Nel­son Street Cy­cle Route – a joint pro­ject of the New Zealand Trans­port Agency (NZTA) and AT.

More than half of re­spon­dents said cy­cle­way and safety im­prove­ments in the city cen­tre would en­cour­age them to hop on their bikes.

‘‘Mod­ern’’ and ‘‘distinc­tively New Zealand’’ were the most pop­u­lar will come is to Auck­land de­sign choices for the cy­cle­way sur­face fol­lowed by ‘‘sub­tle’’ and ‘‘bright or bold’’.

NZTA Auck­land and North­land high­way man­ager Brett Glid­don says it’s about giv­ing cy­clists more choice and bet­ter con­nec­tions.

‘‘This pro­ject is part of a wider pro­gramme to cre­ate a well­con­nected net­work of cy­cle routes in Auck­land over the next 10 years.

‘‘It will link to Grafton Gully cy­cle­way to pro­vide a con­tin­u­ous cy­cling route around the city cen­tre and an al­ter­na­tive route to the city cen­tre and wa­ter­front.’’

Cy­cle Ac­tion Auck­land

chair- woman Bar­bara Cuth­bert is de­lighted with the strong public sup­port for im­proved cy­cling con­nec­tions and the prospect of a mod­ern de­sign for the off-ramp pave­ment. The cy­cle­way's first phase is set to get un­der way on Sun­day and will open later this year.

A bridge to the old Nel­son St of­framp will link Up­per Queen St to Nel­son St and a cy­cle path will con­tinue along the western side of Nel­son St to Vic­to­ria St. Phase two will go from Vic­to­ria St to Quay St and along Pitt St to join Karanga­hape Rd and Union St. Pro­ject com­ple­tion is ex­pected mid next year.

Feed­back on the Nel­son St cy­cle­way has called for a distinc­tively New Zealand de­sign.

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