City cycle commuting now a reality
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.
Stuff reporter Mary Fitzgerald has reviewed and rated eight of Auckland’s urban cycleways.