Construction of the City Rail Link is now in full swing and that means lots of truck movements in the area. As an unexpected but positive surprise, Auckland Transport are proposing a new safe cycling link to connect Karangahape Rd with Te Ara I Whiti – Lightpath via East St, at least until the station construction has been completed.
Changes to the streets surrounding the CRL Karangahape Station site are needed to provide a safer environment for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users during its construction. Heavy truck movements to the CRL construction site are expected to continue over the coming years. Upon completion of the Karangahape Road cycleway (early 2021) we expect more cyclists and pedestrians to be seeking a safe connection between the Te Ara I Whiti – Lightpath and Karangahape Road. To provide these users with a safe connection, we are implementing a range of improvements:
- East Street to become one-way northbound between Canada and Galatos Streets, to prevent conflicts between south/eastbound vehicles and trucks entering the CRL site. Vehicle access to Canada Street will be via Upper Queen Street and Mercury Lane only.
- A new two-way, protected cycleway along East Street between Canada and Galatos Streets.
- Road surface changes in the form of shared lane markings (sharrows) along Galatos Street and West Terrace to indicate a slow speed environment for all road users.
- To assist with wayfinding, the colour scheme for the cycleway and slow speed areas will match that of Te Ara I Whiti – Lightpath i.e. use of the colour pink.
- Proposed removal of 19 car parking spaces within the project area include:
- Six on Canada Street – were made inactive as part of early traffic management for CRL station works
- Six on East Street – to enable the two-way cycleway
- Four on Galatos Street – to give cyclists space and a clear line of sight when moving between this street and West Street
- Three on West Terrace – to give cyclists space and a clear line of sight when moving between this street and Galatos Street
- New speed humps on East Street to create a slower-speed environment around the CRL works site.
- Relocating the Galatos Street loading zone to the opposite side of the road to provide clearer line of sight for cyclists and pedestrians.
It’s good to see AT being proactive and pushing quick wins like this to improve safety. I just wish they’d do it more often.
A bit more detail on the proposal is shown in the images below. West Terrace and Galatos St are both very quite so just riding on the street is not a major issue. The only thing I do wonder about is why they haven’t just kept East St one way all the way up to Karangahape Rd. There doesn’t seem to be any need for that short southbound lane.
The West Terrace to Galatos St links is a handy little connection and came about as a leftover from when the motorway was ploughed through the area. West Terrace itself used to run to Upper Queen St – what is now West St.
Consultation on this is open till Wednesday 4 November and AT say if approved, the changes are expected to be installed by the end of the year.
AT should be rolling out changes like this all over the city but especially near schools to make it safer and easier for kids to ride to school.
While we’re here, don’t forget about the other consultations currently open.
Northwest – Closes Sunday 25 October
One of the government’s covid response shovel ready projects is to make improvements to buses on the Northwestern. AT are currently consulting on those plans which primarily consists of a bus station at Westgate and some bus stops on motorway on/off-ramps at Lincoln Rd and Te Atatu Rd. I wrote about it here.
St Heliers Village – Closes Monday 2 November
SH20B Speeds and Transit Lanes – Closes Wednesday 4 November
Waka Kotahi NZTA are now formally consulting on plans to lower the speed limits on SH20B from SH20 through to the Airport. They’re also asking about the new lanes they’re adding being T3 lanes. The use of T3 lanes is better than nothing but is all about appeasing the traffic model and will mean buses will get held up when trying to merge back to the two-lane Pukaki Creek Bridge. These should be bus only lanes.