We’ve seen comments in the recent Auckland Transport board papers about it and last week AT officially announced that 60km of painted cycleways across the region will be getting physical protection over the coming three years.
60km of cycling facilities across Auckland will soon be made safer – as the Auckland Transport (AT) Board has approved a proposal to separate existing on-road cycle lanes.
This work, part of AT’s Minor Cycling Programme, will now be delivered over three years and not the original five years stated in the Regional Land Transport Plan 2021-2031 (RLTP). The five-year budget was $30 million.
The programme will improve safety for people on bikes and aims to grow active mode use in Auckland – as part of AT’s commitment to low-carbon transport options.
Protected cycle lanes are dedicated paths for people using bikes. They are physically separated from people driving and people walking, using various forms of separation including planter boxes, concrete kerbs, flex-posts, or berm space.
Adrienne Young-Cooper, Chair of Auckland Transport’s Board of Directors and occasional cyclist, says increasing the safety of existing painted cycleways with physical protection provides a value for money investment in the safety of people on bikes.
“Our research has highlighted the continued need for cyclist separation to reduce the barrier of safety and confidence for cycling growth,” she says.
The protection of the existing cycling facilities has been developed in discussion with Bike Auckland. The barriers used will vary, to ensure the safest option is implemented cost-effectively for each location. They will be installed during the night, with most locations anticipated to take one to three nights to complete
This is an excellent outcome. Protecting existing painted bike lanes is kind of like low hanging fruit as the lanes already exist so there’s no need go through an acrimonious consultation process just to remove a few carparks.
I was somewhat surprised that AT didn’t also provide a map of the cycleways they plan to rollout but they did provide me a list of them.
Using this I’ve pulled together this map with the roads above shown in red along with other parts of the network. Note, there are a few routes in here where AT haven’t yet updated their maps, such as Karangahape Rd and Tamaki Dr.
This is a good programme and hopefully the level of protection being put in is with concrete dividers and not just flexi-sticks.
Meanwhile, other parts of the network are progressing. For example a recent update from Waka Kotahi shows the progress of Stage 2 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr project
In the west, the New Lynn to Avondale path is progressing too
And the St Georges on road Section
This is smooth! pic.twitter.com/gitlgLKZJX
— Malcolm McCracken (@urbanistfromwhk) October 24, 2021
Closer to the city, the much-needed work to upgrade the NW path through Kingsland, separating walkers and cyclists, is now underway
— Malcolm McCracken (@urbanistfromwhk) November 19, 2021
And work on the Tamaki Dr gap, between the Strand and Solent St is underway.
In the city they announced Project Wave, the interim trial solution to connect the Nelson St cycleway to Quay St will be made permanent
Since May, Auckland Transport (AT) has trialled a new street layout within the Viaduct that includes a cycleway, a one-way system, and increased loading zones.
The Viaduct cycleway has been popular, with around 500 riders recorded on weekdays. The new loading zones and drop-off areas for taxi and rideshare are also well used, and the one-way system has calmed traffic.
We received lots of feedback in support of the trial, but we also acknowledge the concerns expressed by some Viaduct residents and businesses. In this new project phase we’ll bring the cycleway and street enhancements to a higher quality, permanent standard and engage with local concerns.
Most of these changes require investigation and won’t be made until mid-2022, but this month we’ll make some minor improvements to enhance safety and accessibility. No one wants further disruption in the lead-up to Christmas, and so these changes will be low impact –minor asphalt repair, bollard installation, and road marking.
And finally for this post, this week Auckland Council kicked off consultation on two sections of the Te Whau Pathway which are due to start construction on the two sections below next year.
The two areas that are planned for construction are in the wider sections below
- Section 5 – construction is planned the northern most part of this section, between SH16 and Roberts Field
- Section 2 – the construction here will be between Ken Maunder Park and just east of Rizal Reserve but the path will eventually extend down to Olympic Park with a connection to the New Lynn to Avondale path.
In particular they’re after feedback on the locations and design spaces for play, access and rest along the pathway though they’re doing this for the entire pathway now. The proposals including adding things like lookout pods to some locations along the path