City cy­cle com­mut­ing now a re­al­ity

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

A $123 mil­lion in­vest­ment in Auck­land cy­cle­ways is be­gin­ning to pay off.

Fol­low­ing a two month-long cy­cle­way re­view series this re­porter can cat­e­gor­i­cally say cy­cling is now a re­al­is­tic op­tion for many Auck­land com­muters want­ing to leave the car at home.

The eight cy­cle­ways re­viewed showed the in­fra­struc­ture was well de­signed, func­tional and fit for pur­pose.

Since 2015 Auck­land’s cy­cle­ways have been de­vel­oped un­der the Ur­ban Cy­cle­ways Pro­gramme (UCP) through an es­ti­mated $123.4 mil­lion in­vest­ment over three years. The UCP, a joint project be­tween Auck­land Coun­cil and the NZ Trans­port Agency, aims to cre­ate more live­able neigh­bour­hoods.

The stan­dard of eight cy­cle­ways in the Stuff cy­cle­way re­view series was high with four of the routes scor­ing full marks. The Ta­maki Dr cy­cle lane was the low­est scor­ing re­view due to lack of safety for all users.

More cy­cling projects are planned for com­ple­tion by 2018 in­clud­ing the con­nec­tion of the Quay St cy­cle­way to the Strand at the Par­nell end, and to Nel­son St at the city end. The sec­ond and third stages of the Glen Innes to Ta­maki cy­cle­way will be com­pleted by 2018.

AT is work­ing with NZTA to es­tab­lish new cy­cling in­vest­ment plans through to 2021.

MARY FITZGER­ALD/FAIR­FAX NZ

Stuff re­porter Mary Fitzger­ald has re­viewed and rated eight of Auck­land’s ur­ban cy­cle­ways.

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