On Saturday, one of Auckland’s most important cycleways turned one.
The Quay St cycleway was opened on July 08, 2016 by now former Prime Minister John Key.
One of the best things about the Quay St cycleway is that it’s on-street and is a great example of how we can get more efficiency out of our road network. After all, no traffic lanes were harmed in the making of this cycleway.
Auckland Transport now have over 30 automated bike counters around Auckland with most focusing on the cycleways in and around the city centre (to measure help measure the impact of Urban Cycleway Programme). The Quay St cycleway is unique in that it’s the only one in Auckland (and one of only two in the country) that has a public display. You can also see the results daily here, along with those of 164 other counters.
After opening the numbers riding on Quay St quickly racked up. The counter reached 50k in less than 3 months then only two months later it reached 100k. Now a year on and the counter has recorded just over 281k trips, averaging about 770 per day. The actual number using the cycleway is likely much higher as many use some parts of it but exit before reaching the counter which is west of the Albert St intersection. The graph below shows the daily usage over its first year. The red bars show the days with over 1,000 trips recorded and make up about 20% of the days. As you’d expect, the busiest periods were over the summer months.
To put that usage in perspective, more people have used the Quay St Cycleway in the last year than used the popular NW Cycleway at Kingsland – which saw 256k trips in the year to the end of June. The result makes it the third busiest counter in Auckland behind Tamaki Dr (439k) and further east on Quay St by Spark Arena (388k).
With the exception of public holidays, the busiest day of the week tends to be Tuesdays with an average of 873 people recorded on those days.
We also learnt recently that the addition on of the cycleway on Quay St resulted in significantly fewer people on bikes mixing with those on foot.
The cycleway is only going to grow in popularity, both from more and more Aucklanders getting on bikes and especially so after further connections are made. On the western side, the extension of the Nelson St cycleway from Victoria St to the waterfront is already under construction while on the eastern side it is being extended another ~800m to the intersection with The Strand. That will be hooked into improvements on Tamaki Dr and the cycleway that connects to Glen Innes.
Happy Birthday Quay St cycleway.