Re­tail­ers op­pose cy­cle­way

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - JACKSON THOMAS

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, down Me­ola and Gar­net Rd to the West­mere shops.

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, had 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.

Last year Auck­land mayor Phil Goff said he wanted AT to make cy­cling and walk­ing projects a pri­or­ity.

AT sent brochures to about 8000 homes and busi­nesses.

Con­struc­tion is set to be­gin in early 2018.

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