A proposed cycleway in Auckland's downtown is set to give greater choice to commuters going in and out of the CBD.
Auckland Transport has already begun public consultation on the cycleway, which will run on the north side of Quay St.
The proposed design is a two-way cycle lane which runs parallel to the footpath and is separated from traffic with a kerb. It will connect with the Nelson St Cycleway and the Viaduct at Lower Hobson St, with cycle lanes extending all the way to the Glenn Innes/Tamaki Dr path at Hobson Bay.
Auckland Transport’s walking and cycling manager, Kathryn King, says the cycleway is a band aid fix for Auckland's growing transport woes, until the council can develop a coastal boulevard in the area sometime over the next few years.
“We know that this is already a popular route for people cycling, and this cycleway will make cycling to the city centre more attractive and convenient by providing protection from general traffic."
It comes as part of a joint initiative between Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, New Zealand Transport and the Government which will see $200 million invested over three years to improve cycling facilities in the super city.
Ms King says the council has been working towards developing a network of connecting cycleways across the city, and the new path is a piece of that puzzle.
“Having on-road cycle lanes will free space for people walking along the waterfront. This cycleway is a key component of the cycle improvements planned for the city centre. We are creating a grid of cycleways with Quay Sy, Karangahape Rd and Victoria St running east, west and Nelson St, Grafton Gully in the north, south direction.”
Last year there was a 35 percent increase in cycling commuters across Auckland. Public consultation on the Quay St Cycleway will close on December 11.