Time is running out to have your say on the Quay St Cycleway with public consultation closing this Friday at 5pm.
Auckland Transport wants feedback on the cycleway which will run on the north side of Quay St from Lower Hobson St to Plumer St.
The proposed design is a mix of two way on road cycle lanes separated from traffic by raised kerbs, a shared path and two way cycle lanes flush with the footpath. Connecting with the Nelson St Cycleway and the Viaduct at Lower Hobson St, the cycleway will improve access for people walking and cycling to and within the city centre. Ultimately the cycle network will extend all the way to the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path at Hobson Bay.
The cycleway is an interim solution as Auckland Council plans a coastal boulevard in this area in the coming years.
It will provide greater transport choice for people travelling into and around the city centre says Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling manager, Kathryn King.
“We know that this is already a popular route for people cycling, and this cycleway will make cycling to the city centre more attractive and convenient by providing protection from general traffic.
“Having on-road cycle lanes will free space for people walking along the waterfront. This cycleway is a key component of the cycle improvements planned for the city centre. We are creating a grid of cycleways with Quay St, Karangahape Rd and Victoria St running east, west and Nelson St, Grafton Gully in the north, south direction.”
Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency are working together on a three year $200 million programme of investment in cycling to make it safer and more convenient to travel by bike. Central Government has made a significant contribution to funding through the Urban Cycleways Programme.
The number of people cycling in Auckland continues to grow; especially in the city centre. Survey results indicate that over the last year there has been a 35% increase in people who cycle in the Auckland region and a 50% increase in the number of people cycling in the Grafton Gully, Symonds St corridor.