Auck­land’s Quay Street Cy­cle­way Ex­ten­sion opened

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The Quay Street Cy­cle­way Ex­ten­sion is now open for peo­ple on bikes to ride safely into the city cen­tre from east Auck­land. The project ex­tends the orig­i­nal two-way Quay Street Cy­cle­way from Plumer Street, past Spark Arena, to near The Strand in­ter­sec­tion. The 800m cy­cle­way safely sep­a­rates peo­ple on bikes from traf­fic and gives peo­ple walk­ing and running their own ded­i­cated space. AT’s Man­ager Walk­ing, Cy­cling and Road Safety Kathryn King says the cy­cle­way ex­ten­sion is an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to the city cen­tre’s cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture. “The Quay Street Cy­cle­way is one of Auck­land’s busiest. In 2017 we recorded 299,544 trips at our totem counter near the Ferry Build­ing, and this year we are av­er­ag­ing 878 trips per day. “The cy­cle­way ex­ten­sion will en­cour­age even more peo­ple to ride bikes, and we look for­ward to see­ing more peo­ple giv­ing bike rid­ing a go as the weather im­proves.” The project in­cludes a float­ing bus stop with pedes­trian cross­ings across the cy­cle­way op­po­site Ta­pora Street, and land­scap­ing and plant­ing have been done by Ngāti Whā­tua Orākei. The project is part of the Ur­ban Cy­cle­ways Pro­gramme, funded in part­ner­ship with NZTA.

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