Yesterday the first and largest section of the Canada St Bridge was lifted into place. Once complete in a few months it will provide walkers and cyclist’s access to the old Nelson St off-ramp which will lead them to the new cycleway being built on Nelson St.
Phase 1 of the project which extends as far as Victoria St is already underway. Auckland Transport are now consulting on phase 2 which will see additions to the project at each end. At the southern end a cycleway will be added to Pitt St and at the northern end it will extend from Victoria St all the way to Quay St. They also say phase 2 will be completed in the middle of next year.
Here’s what’s proposed in more detail.
The cycleway will be built on the western side of Pitt St from Beresford Square through to Nelson St. From Beresford to Hopetoun St it will be a two way protected cycleway and from Hopetoun to Nelson St it will be a shared path. I’m not sure just why it stops at Beresford Square, AT say it will connect to the future K Rd cycle lanes but I guess it means until that happens people heading uphill will then presumably need to use the footpath to get to the pedestrian crossing. You can also see from the image below that the free left turn out of Beresford Square has been removed to create a short shared path at the start of the cycleway.
Further down Pitt St where it crosses Hopetoun St AT are asking for feedback on two design options
- Option A would see the free left turn removed and the left turn movement combined with one of the general traffic lanes. The space currently occupied by the free left turn would be built out. Cyclists would cross Hopetoun St with pedestrians.
- Option B would see the cycleway extended through the intersection by removing left turns into Hopetoun St. In this scenario cyclists would cross Hopetoun St with general traffic. AT say this would likely give pedestrians and bikes more time to cross Hopetoun St.
The two options are shown below where you can also see that AT are planning on moving the bus stop on Vincent St to around the corner allowing the painted cycle lane to carry on to the intersection. With either option it will be interesting to see if more sporty cyclists bother using the cycleway at all or if they’ll continue up the general traffic lanes.
North of Victoria St
You may recall that last we heard AT were still considering whether they would use Nelson or Hobson St to get the cycleway to the Waterfront. As you can see they’ve chosen Nelson St.
At Victoria St AT are going to shift the cycleway from the western to the eastern side like how they’ve done with the Beach Rd cycleway. This presumably means another traffic light phase that will be added in and the concern here is that the phasing will be slow for cyclists. Once on the eastern side AT say they will need to remove a general traffic lane and 9 on street carparks, to compensate for this they’re considering adding 13 carparks to Wyndham St.
Once At Wyndham St the cycleway will turn into a shared path for the rest of the way to Quay St. Below shows the intersection of Nelson and Fanshawe Streets. Cyclists will use the shared path and cross Fanshawe St with pedestrians before carrying on to a new shared path along Sturdee St.
On Sturdee St AT say they will remove 24 carparks from the south/east side as part of the cycleway project but that they aren’t being removed for the cycleway but actually for the CRL project as the area will be used as a bus layover. It appears that for at least part of it the footpath isn’t being widened here to form the shared path
The path will continue on under the Hobson St viaduct with cyclists then to cross and weave around the existing island before crossing to a shared path on Lower Hobson St.
And the last section along to Quay St. You can see from the image that there will be a raised table on the left turn into lower Hobson St along with a fence (the red line). AT say the pedestrian crossing will be upgraded at a later date to tie in to the Quay St cycle route.
When looking at what is proposed one thing I wondered was whether AT considered using Market Pl instead of Sturdee St. They could have then kept the cycleway on the Western side avoiding the diagonal crossing and riding down Market St under the trees would be a far nicer experience than riding along a shared path next to the Sturdee St retaining wall. That would also tie in nicely for people who have cycled down Nelson St and who want to get to Wynyard. The down side is it would about 100m longer but given the various phasing involved in the chosen route it could end up no slower.
As part of this consultation AT have updated their City Centre Cycle Network map and there are a couple of interesting things I’ve noted since the last version we saw. In particular main changes they are now showing a route connecting Federal St/Vincent St/Hopetoun St and a route along Custom St West and Viaduct Harbour Ave.
When it comes to Quay St, Waitemata Local Board member Rob Thomas posted this yesterday
— Rob Thomas (@VoteRobThomas) September 10, 2015
Consultation for phase 2 of Nelson St open till 5 October and there are two information days which will take place in the Foyer of the YMCA off Vincent Street:
- Thursday 24th September (12pm–1pm)
- Friday 25th September (6pm – 7pm)
On a related note, later this month the council is Expected to release it’s designs for the surface of the Canada St bridge.