North­west cy­cle­way’s per­fect score

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FITZGERALD

The North­west­ern cy­cle­way is the big brother of Auck­land’s cy­cle­ways.

The 13 kilo­me­tre, three me­tre wide mostly off road cy­cle­way sets a high stan­dard in de­sign, qual­ity and func­tion­al­ity.

The cy­cle­way fol­lows the north­west­ern mo­tor­way, run­ning from Lin­coln Rd in Hen­der­son to Up­per Queen St in the cen­tral city.

I rate the cy­cle­way 10/10 and highly rec­om­mend it.

The cy­cle­way has a gen­tle slope, is eas­ily man­age­able, and links with the Nel­son St cy­cle­way and the Grafton Gully cy­cle­way, cre­at­ing a di­rect route from West Auck­land into Auck­land cen­tral.

Along the route there is bike ac­cess to Hen­der­son Creek, Point Che­va­lier Shop­ping Cen­tre, Unitec, Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate School, New­ton Cen­tral School, Western Springs Col­lege, Auck­land Zoo, Mo­tat, Western Springs Park and Western Springs Sta­dium.

There are panoramic views en­com­pass­ing the Waitem­ata Har­bour, North Shore, Point Che­va­lier Penin­sula, the Motu Manawa Re­serve along with views into the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict as you ap­proach the city cen­tre.

Stop and look through the tan­gle of the Water­view in­ter­change and down into the junc­tion, as streams of traf­fic nav­i­gate along the laneways be­low.

Stuff re­porter Mary Fitzgerald says the North­west­ern cy­cle­way set the stan­dard for all Auck­land cy­cle­ways.

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