Point Chevalier businesses oppose cycleway
A proposed Auckland cycleway is being opposed by all 13 businesses that trade along its route.
The Point Chevalier to Westmere cycleway would run along Pt Chevalier Rd to Meola Rd, then along Meola and Garnet Rd to the Westmere shops. It is budgeted to cost $8 million.
An Auckland Transport (AT) consultation report released this month said 56 per cent of 1220 submitters liked the proposal, 39 per cent were concerned about a loss of parking and 37 per cent supported walking and cycling improvements. However, local businesses were far more onesided.
A petition against the cycleway, lead by Pt Chevalier resident Bob Hunter, has been signed by 13 retailers along the proposed route.
Businesses sighted a loss of parking as the main point of contention.
Hannah Clarke owns the Let Them Eat Cake Bakery on Pt Chevalier Rd and said local businesses needed shop front parking to survive.
Clarke said the cycleway was ‘‘simply unnecessary’’ and that Pt Chevalier didn’t have enough cyclists to warrant the build.
AT cycling, walking and road safety manager Kathryn King said parking spaces close to the shops will be made P30 or P60. Construction is set to begin in early 2018.
Bob Hunter, who lives on Meola Rd, says the proposed cycle way will create ‘‘a traffic nightmare’’ for locals and commuters.