Photo of the Day: Auckland Cycleways

It’s been a busy few week for me work-wise (hence the slow rate of blog posts), and that work has also taken me around the country a lot. A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in Auckland for a couple of days (teaching a cycle/intersection design course no less…) and I took the opportunity to have a look at a couple of recent additions to their cycle network, which we have featured previously.

One of the projects recently completed in Auckland is the second stage of the Nelson St cycleway, nearly connecting the waterfront with the ‘Lightpath’ pink path. This section is largely one-way separated cycleways on each side, although there is a short bit shared on the footpath. It was interesting to see how they did this:

On-road and off-road cycling up Nelson St

Auckland has been trialling these slightly raised brown textured edges, to help provide delineation for vision-impaired footpath users. Not totally sold on the aesthetics of them (let alone the functionality; almost a trip hazard), and Auckland is looking to trial some other treatments for these. As you can see, the pedestrians aren’t paying huge notice of the separation (and were walking on the cycleway a little further along).

There’s lots of other interesting cycling projects underway around Auckland although, like Christchurch, “bike-lash” is also kicking in. While I was there, they started to install the new interim layout for Federal St, a one-way street that will feature a contra-flow cycleway and pedestrian friendly spaces. Literally within three days of me leaving, the job was completed using a simple combination of paint and street furniture. As a way of quickly trying out layouts before confirming them, there’s something to be said for this process – perhaps Christchurch could learn a lesson or two…

Have you seen any of the new cycleways in Auckland?

3 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Auckland Cycleways”

  1. Thanks for the interesting update regarding the Auckland cycleways.
    It seems like that in Auckland (same as ChCh) there is also a sort of NYMBI anti-cycleway movement that even uses violent action to express their dislike (usually related to losing some car parking spaces):

    Is this only a temporary (and particularly NZ) phenomenon, an sort of indicator for a period of transition to more sustainable forms of urban transport, which is particular hard for people who are used to car-dominated urban landscapes (and related privileges) that they have problems to cope with change and to adapt?

    1. I don’t think it’s a NZ-specific problem; I’ve heard about ‘bikelash’ in other traditionally auto-centric places too (even places like the Netherlands had their grumblers when the first extensive traffic restrictions were introduced). The best defense is simply more people using the new facilities (as seen in our latest counts), and loudly supporting them back – have your say in the current Council Long Term Plan consultation!

  2. Unfortunately after a short burst of heavy rain on Friday, the location of the where the photograph was taken had raw sewage running down the cycleway!
    Yuk. There was no way to avoid it as going up hill is against the flow of traffic so diverting on to the road isn’t an option.
    Combined sewer/stormwater systems rock…..

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