$635m cy­cling in­fras­truc­ture wish list

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ADAM JA­COB­SON

Auckland Trans­port ( AT) is seeking sign off on $635 mil­lion worth of cy­cling in­fras­truc­ture, in­clud­ing 150km in new cy­cle­ways.

AT’s Cy­cling Pro­gramme Busi­ness Case (CPBC) looks at ar­eas across Auckland where cy­cling in­vest­ment is needed.

The pro­gramme would re­sult in $600m in­vested into 150km of new cy­cle­ways and $35m in com­ple­men­tary ini­tia­tives, such as pub­lic bike share pro­grammes, bi­cy­cle park­ing and cy­cle­lane en­force­ment.

Fac­tors such as pop­u­la­tion, school en­rol­ment, job num­bers and com­mute lengths were looked at to pin­point ar­eas most in need of cy­cle in­fras­truc­ture.

Tar­get sub­urbs in­cluded Auckland City, Mt Al­bert, Glen Innes, San­dring­ham and Hen­der­son.

The CPBC aims to ad­dress three prob­lem ar­eas - cy­clists feel­ing un­safe, the dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber who in­volved in se­ri­ous or fatal crashes and so­ci­etal is­sues such as New Zealand’s high rate of obe­sity and trans­port emis­sions.

The in­vest­ment will fo­cus on peo­ple us­ing bikes for ev­ery­day trans­port, in­stead of long dis­tance com­muters or those who cy­cle as a sport.

AT pro­jected an in­crease from 1 per cent to 4 per cent of jour­neys to work via bi­cy­cle as a suc­cess­ful end re­sult.

The pro­gramme is ex­pected to be fully im­ple­mented by 2028.

More than 230,000 peo­ple live within a 30-minute bike ride from the city cen­tre, and 736,000 peo­ple live within a 15-minute bike ride to a sta­tion or ferry terminal.

AT cy­cling and walk­ing man­ager Kathryn King said Auckland was play­ing catch-up with trans­port fund­ing.

‘‘Auckland has been un­der in­vested in trans­port for some

How­ever, King was op­ti­mistic the $635m would be granted by Auckland Coun­cil by the end of the year.

Bike Auckland spokes­woman Jes­sica Rose said the CPBC was vi­sion­ary.

AT are look­ing ahead and build­ing to­wards that, she said.


Auckland’s light path cost $18 mil­lion to build and av­er­ages 564 trips per day.

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