Cy­cle­way of­fi­cially open

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

A new $4.9 mil­lion cy­cling and walk­ing route has opened con­nect­ing Mt Roskill with the Manukau Har­bour - the lat­est step in Auck­land’s drive to get more peo­ple on bikes.

The Mt Roskill Safe Route, which was opened on Wed­nes­day by Trans­port Min­is­ter Si­mon Bridges and Mayor Phil Goff, will make it eas­ier to walk and cy­cle through the area and is part of a route that will ul­ti­mately con­nect Auck­land’s two harbours.

The route runs from War Me­mo­rial Park, through Keith Hay Park, to Waikowhai Park on the shores of the Manukau Har­bour. It in­cludes paths for peo­ple to walk or cy­cle on, cross­ings with sig­nals and speed bumps to slow road traf­fic.

Auck­land Mayor Phil Goff says safe walk­ing and cy­cling paths pro­vides peo­ple of all ages greater travel op­tions.’’This project will be trans­for­ma­tive for the Mt Roskill com­mu­nity by im­prov­ing ac­cess to the har­bour and open­ing up some stun­ning green­ways in Auck­land’s isth­mus,’’ Goff says.

Goff says the grow­ing cy­cle net­work is a key com­po­nent to im­prov­ing Auck­land’s trans­port net­work. The route is part of a grow­ing net­work of cy­cle­ways through­out Auck­land. It con­nects with the shared path that runs along State High­way 20 to large com­mer­cial ar­eas in One­hunga and the air­port.

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