Given the recent publicity about cycling investment it is interesting to see how Auckland stacks up to other cities in New Zealand.
The real leader at the moment is Christchurch. In June they signed off on a $69 million plan to construct a major cycleway network over the next 5 years. In the 2014/2015 year they will spend $13.5 million. Even better these will almost exclusively be separated cycleways. Earlier this year reconstruction of a major road near the University led to the construction of a great separated cycleway, see details on the excellent Cycling in Christchurch blog here.
Christchurch is also showing the way with great Cycle Design guidelines, inspired by one of the world leaders, Copenhagen. For example this is the preferred layout for major cycleway intersections, called the ‘Dutch intersection’. The work to be done in Christchurch trialling these will make it much easier for Auckland Transport to roll out these designs in Auckland.
Christchurch is not the only city boosting spending. In December Wellington City Council announced they planned to triple cycling spending from $1.3million to $4.3 million. Dunedin also boosted their cycle spend a few years ago and they plan to spend $1.9 million per year on cycling.
Well how does Auckland stack up. Here is the recent data from Auckland Transport.
- -2011/12 – $7m (prior to 2012-15 RLTP)
- -2012/13 – $9.967m spent
- -2013/14 – $10.3m planned
The Draft 2014/2015 Annual Plan was discussed at the Governing Body meeting in December, and I found a copy online. This will be open for public consultation for a month starting from January 23. Looking through the list of transport projects found these cycle projects-
|Browns Road Bridge|
|Station Road Manurewa|
|St Georges St|
|Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive|
|Mangere safe routes|
|Mount Roskill safe routes|
|Tamaki Drive, Takaparawha Pt – Millenium Bridge|
|Waterview cycleway connection|
Adding in the $1.5 million budgeted for New Footpaths (clearly not part of the cycling budget) gets us to the $10.4 million identified in the Regional Land Transport Plan, and similar to this years budget.
Generation Zero thought it would be useful to compare the 2014/2015 capital spending plans for these cities on a per capita basis, and came up with this graphic.
Note Auckland looks very sad compared with other New Zealand cities, and we really need to up our investment if we are serious about getting people cycling.