Auckland Transport are consulting on what, if fully delivered, will be an exciting, safe cycle network for Henderson. This follows a consultation in 2018 where they asked where improvements should be made. They say they had 500 submissions on that with 275 new routes identified and that since then they’ve undertaken “further technical work” to narrow down the key routes of the proposed network. I wish it hadn’t taken two years to do that though. Firstly their objectives
Our aim is to progressively build a cycle network that caters for people of all ages and abilities.
We want to make it easier and safer for people to get to, from, and around Henderson by bike.
Henderson already has some good routes for recreational cycling, and we want to build on this to create a network of cycling facilities that are focussed on making it easier to get to work and school and make everyday trips.
The Henderson-Massey Local Board also shares this aspiration to make Henderson easier to get around without the use of a private vehicle.
And the detail about the consultation.
The proposed cycle network in Henderson will provide better connections and help people travel around Henderson by bike more easily and safely.
It’s aimed at helping people get about for transport rather than for recreation, however these links will likely be used by people for a variety of different purposes.
The intention is to develop a comprehensive network for cycling that can be built over time, as funding becomes available.
We have identified 8 key cycling routes that will form the backbone of the Henderson Cycle Network. Once the network is confirmed we will look at how best to connect the routes into the surrounding neighbourhoods.
At this stage we are not yet considering the design of these routes, however they would generally be separated from traffic and pedestrians following vision zero principles. Following this consultation further work will be done on the designs.
The proposed routes are:
- Lincoln Road to Town Centre – proposed along the southern half of Lincoln Road which will connect to the planned Lincoln Road Corridor Improvements between Te Pai Place and State Highway 16 (SH16) Interchange.
- Te Atatu to Town Centre – proposed along Edmonton Road to connect with the existing facilities from the School Road intersection and along Te Atatu Road towards the Northwestern Cycleway.
McLeod Road to Town Centre – proposed along the length of McLeod Road to connect with the planned Te Whau Pathway.
- Great North Road – proposed along Great North Road from the Swanson Road/Lincoln Road intersection towards the City Centre as part of the Connected Communities programme. The section through the Town Centre to Swanson Road will be delivered as part of this project.
- Henderson Valley Road to Town Centre – proposed along a section of Henderson Valley Road which will connect to Panuku’s planned improvements close to Great North Road.
- Western Heights to Swanson Road – proposed along Sturges Road. Will provide easy bike ride to Sturges Road Station and the proposed route along Swanson Road towards the town centre.
- Metcalfe Road to Swanson – proposed along Metcalfe Road. Will provide easy bike ride to Ranui Station and the proposed route along Swanson Road towards the town centre.
- Swanson Road to Town Centre – proposed along Swanson Road to connect with the proposed routes on Metcalfe Road, Sturges Road, Lincoln Road, and Great North Road.
Firstly, it’s great to see AT presenting this as somewhat of a cohesive network. If they deliver every route they’ve identified it will be a huge improvement to the area. Combined with the existing recreational routes and the Te Whau Pathway it would help make the area one of the best bike connected areas in Auckland.
In terms of these routes they’ve selected, these are all logical routes to pick and all are very much needed, The biggest omission here is Rathgar Rd (to the west of and parallel to Lincoln Rd). AT originally approved building cycle lanes along it in the 2011/12 financial year and never did. What makes Rathgar so important to be included is:
- there are three schools within 500m of each other along the road and provides connections to at least two others on roads off Rathgar.
- the Sturges Rd train station is close to the southern end so it would provide for more trips to public transport (note for AT, the station symbol is about 400m west of the actual station location).
- there are also some existing on-road and shared path facilities they’re missing from their map that connect to it (Pomaria Rd and Te Pai Pl).
The network however, is very radial and it feels like it needs better connections between some of the routes. For example, Te Atatu Rd from Edmonton Rd to Gt North Rd.
Another is Munroe Rd/Summerland Dr which has a school halfway along it and another one close to the southern end on Sturges. It also has the Ranui train station at the northern end, again for the bike to PT tie in options. And then there already exist a few of these bike bypasses of pedestrian refuge.
There are I’m sure many other additions I’m sure locals would love to see. Perhaps my biggest concern is how long it will take to see them. AT say we won’t see any construction until at least 2024 and given AT’s history with cycle projects, it could take years long to actually deliver them. As someone who lives in the area and who would make use of this a lot, I really hope they deliver this, we need them already. We also need this in every other suburb all over Auckland.
Consultation closes at the end of the month on 31 January. There is also a drop-in session
- 23 January 2021, 11am to 2pm – Community space inside West City Waitakere – 7 Catherine Street, Henderson, Auckland.