Retailers 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, 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.