Ac­cel­er­at­ing cy­cling projects

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

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.

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