Modern, Kiwi design for city cycleway
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.