As I’m sure you will all know by now, Skypath was discussed today at the councils Governing Body meeting. In the public part of the meeting there were talks from the:
- two concerned Residents Associations along with the Westhaven Marina Users Association
- Skypath Trust and Cycle Action Auckland (thanks Ben for the shout-out)
- Waitemata and Kaipātiki Local Boards whose areas are connected by the project
As expected the first group spoke in opposition while the rest spoke in support. There was also a presentation of the report talked about in the earlier post by council officers. There wasn’t really much discussion at all by the councillors of any of the presentations as most of that would have happened in the closed session where financial details were also being discussed.
The great news is I’ve just heard that in the closed session the council voted to move the project to the next phase meaning the council officers can work towards a formal agreement with the Skypath trust and their backers.
During the open session the Skypath Trust also showed this presentation which includes some new images of what the landings at each end are expected to look like.
As you can see below the Skypath will double back on itself and then head under the bridge exiting on to Curran St. Presumably this negates the issues with Westhaven Marina as walkers or cyclists would be using Curran St just like people do today. They also said they are working with artists and designers to come up with an interesting gateway for access to the path. In the bottom left image you can see a large pole sticking up, that will be carved by local artists.
At Northcote the path does something similar, doubling back on itself which I assume keeps it within the motorway designation
The presentation has a lot more images of what the Skypath might eventually look like including some lighting options.