Orakei cycleway achieves top mark
The developers of Orakei’s Glen Innes to St Heliers Bay Rd cycleway have really hit the mark.
The first leg of the $46 million Auckland cycleway dubbed the ‘‘Orakei Spine’’, designed to connect the eastern suburbs to the city, opened in late 2016. This first 1.5 kilometre stage of the 7.3km Orakei Spine cost $5.13m and stretches from Glen Innes train station to the top end of St Heliers Bay Rd.
The cycleway gets 10/10 because it is well constructed, fully fenced, meets the needs of cyclists and pedestrians, and for night users, has LED lighting.
From the Glen Innes train sta- tion the cycleway starts as a gentle gradient that becomes steeper as the ride progresses. The climb is made less difficult by flatter sections along the route.
The route provides a safe, fast cycleway for children getting to and from school. It is also a pleasant place to visit for a weekend walk with family. The route is also an option for recreational cyclists wanting to ride down to St Heliers and around the bays.
When completed the Orakei Spine will be one of Auckland’s longest cycling and walking routes.
It will provide a missing link in the Auckland Cycle Network, allowing people to connect with routes at Point England and Tamaki Dr.
Stuff reporter Mary Fitzgerald rates the first stage of the Orakei Spine cycleway highly saying it meets the needs of all users.