On Monday, Auckland Transport started consultation for some pretty sweet cycleway proposals for Pt Chevalier to Westmere, which is being funded in part by the government’s Urban Cycleway Fund. These cycleways, when built, will add to the others being planned for the inner-west to help create the backbones of a solid network for the area.
The proposal will see separated cycleways built on Pt Chevalier and Meola Roads, from the Great North Road intersection, along Meola Road and Garnet Road, up to the Westmere shops. It is shown in yellow in on the map below.
On the project, AT say the key features are:
- Safe cycling facilities for Pt Chevalier Road, Meola Road and Garnet Road, physically separated from traffic where possible.
- Layout changes to key intersections (Pt Chevalier Road and Meola Road, Meola Road and Garnet Road) to improve safety and better manage traffic.
- Improvements to side road intersections to slow traffic, improve visibility and create a safer road environment for all users.
- A new pedestrian crossing on Pt Chevalier Road near the Formby Avenue and Wakatipu Street intersection.
- Improvements to the existing pedestrian crossing on Pt Chevalier Road north of Tui Street intersection.
- A pedestrian refuge on Meola Road upgraded to a zebra crossing.
We are investigating the feasibility of a peak hour south-bound priority lane (bus/T2/T3) for Pt Chevalier Road, from Great North Road to Wakatipu Street, to improve the public transport commute during evening peak times. If this goes ahead, the bus lane would only operate during evening peak time, and parking would be permitted in this space at all times. If it does not go ahead, on-street parking will be permitted at all times.
There is limited space available along this route to share between traffic, parking, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. To create space we propose to relocate some roadside features (such as street lighting, trees and other services), remove some on-street parking and change the layout of some key intersections.
The proposal shows what’s possible if we’re prepared to reallocate road space and so could be a template for many roads across Auckland. It retains exactly the same number of vehicle lanes as present but still manages to add in the cycle lanes and even a bus lane in one section simply by using the vast central median and rethinking on-street carparking.
What is proposed changes at different locations along the route and the first section is on Pt Chevalier Road from Great North Road to west of Wakatipu Street. The proposal would see all modes accommodated within the existing street with vehicle lanes, cycle lanes and even a southbound bus lane. This is achieved by removing the central median and moving the existing street trees, including giving them larger tree pits.
The New Network will see this section of road served by two frequent routes, the Outer Link and a crosstown route, along with a less frequent crosstown route too. One concern is they say the bus lane will only operate in the evening peak. It would be good to see that operating in the morning peak too. Off peak parking is allowed in the bus lane.
Between Wakitipu St and Walker St is the same general layout but with wider footpaths, carparking instead of the bus lane.
Between Walker St and Meola Rd the parking makes way for a median to allow for right turns but the cycleway remains.
At are still designing the intersection of Pt Chev and Meola Rd but they say they propose to install traffic lights.
In the first section along Meola Rd, from Pt Chev Rd to Meola Park, AT propose widening the road slightly on the northern side to make enough room for the cycle lanes.
In a few sections they’re also proposing carparking bays inside the cycleway to replace lost carparking. Having parking inside of the cycleway isn’t ideal but to implement them and put cyclists next to the kerbs means cyclists have to weave in and out which isn’t ideal either. Given there are not too many of these it may not be too much of an issue but it’s worth submitting on.
From Meola Park to Seddon Fields is the only section that doesn’t doesn’t get a dedicated on street cycleway on each side with AT proposing a shared path on the northern side and another, short section on the southern side. This is to retain some carparking (on the southern side).
Once over the Meola Rd bridge, the proposal reverts to two traffic lanes each way with a protected cycleway each way too, up to Garnet Rd.
At the Garnet Rd roundabout AT say they are still finalising the design but the intention is to return it to a single lane roundabout including adding speed tables and pedestrian crossings.
Finally, the last section is on Garnet Rd through to West End Rd. Here AT have protected bike lanes inside of parked cars
In addtion to these plans, AT say they intend to install raised tables across many of the side streets along this route which will help make things safer for those on bikes and particularly for those walking.
On the whole I think these plans are some of the best AT have produced. My biggest gripe is we can’t roll them out to more of the city
Feedback is open till Sunday 23 April. There are also two public sessions
- Saturday 8 April, 10am – 2.30pm at Pt Chevalier Library, 1221 Great North Road, Pt Chevalier.
- Wednesday 12 April, 5pm – 8pm at Nomad Restaurant and Bar, 5 Pt Chevalier Road, Pt Chevalier.