Shared transport space needs work
More work is required from drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in shared spaces like the Quay St cycleway.
The $2.18 million cycleway opened in 2016 and is an important connection for cyclists wanting to go places, but caution is recommended. This is a high density area with pedestrians, motorists and cyclists all flowing through a tight inner city bottleneck.
After trialling this cycleway I rate it 6/10 for recreational family riding and 8/10 for commuter cyclists. The three metre wide cycle route takes in Auckland’s Viaduct, the ferry terminal, Queens Wharf, and passes Britomart.
While separation exists between the cycleway and road, there are times when vehicles creep towards the edge and caution is recommended. Some pedestrians opted to walk along the cycling designated cycleway adding to collision risk. Pedestrians were jay-walking across Quay St, stepping into the cycleway. Cyclists were riding through red lights, narrowly missing pedestrians. Turning traffic from Quay St into Queens Wharf across the cycleway is a hazard and needs redesign to prevent car-cycle collisions.
However, this is a high quality cycleway - the challenge is for users to become aware of and adhere to the rules of the shared space.
The three metre wide, two-way Quay St inner city cycleway is separated from the road by concrete bars.