Waitemata Local Board are currently consulting on an Area Plan for Karangahape Road. Overall it is a reasonable document, though of course it could do with some strengthening. It correctly highlights the importance of the Karangahape Road City Rail Link station for example. It also has some good words about cycling.
- 4.1 Focus on pedestrian and cycle safety as
a priority, including pedestrian crossing improvements and more space and priority given to pedestrians, both shared and dedicated cycle lanes along key routes, in particular connecting to the North-western Cycleway and Grafton Gully
The focus seems to be primarily on off road cycle routes, such as the Nelson St off-ramp to connect to the Grafton Gully and North-Western Cycleway. However what it really missing in a focus on separated cycle lanes on Karangahape Road itself. Therefore this has led Generation Zero to use the area plan consultation as a great opportunity to call for separated cycle lanes. Here are the 8 key reasons they have come up with.
To the Waitemata Local Board, Auckland Council and Auckland TransportPlease work together to develop, fund and implement a plan to install separated cycle lanes along the length of Karangahape Road. Please ensure this is prioritised to happen over the next 3 years.