Accelerating cycling projects
Cycling projects across east and west Auckland have received a big boost in funding.
The almost $25 million investment announced by Transport Minister Simon Bridges on March 25 takes the Urban Cycleway Programme (UCP) funding in Auckland to $90 million.
This brings the estimated $200m across the region.
The UCP is a nationwide initiative which consists of funding from the Government’s Urban Cycle Fund, the National Land Transport Fund and local share funding.
In Auckland it will be jointly delivered by Auckland Council, the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport.
Auckland Transport walking and cycling manager Kathryn King says the focus will be on improving cycling facilities within, and to the city along east and west corridors.
‘‘The objective is to get as many people as possible cycling for the money we have, which is why the emphasis is on these projects.
‘‘Auckland Transport is also planning ongoing education and promotional programmes to support this new infrastructure.’’
The project receiving the biggest proportion of funding is the Eastern Connections to the City Centre.
With a price of $13m it includes the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path, the Eastern Water- total to an for cycling front City Connection and the Parnell Routes from Newmarket to The Strand. The project, which will include a mix of separated and on-road cycle facilities, will add almost 11 kilometres to the Auckland Cycle Network.
Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor is delighted work is set to get under way in the next couple of months.
‘‘It is a project that I have been very keen on and I am pleased to see that government funding has been secured, he says.
Additional funding for the Urban Cycleway Programme will improve east and west cycling connections.