The design and land purchases for Auckland’s first “Copenhagen Cycle Lane” project are being completed at the moment, and construction is intended to start mid-2013. This project will be a massive step change for cycling in Auckland, as Auckland Transport and designer GHD are really pushing NZ boundaries with their design.

Combining the safety benefits of both cycle lanes and off-road paths, this project puts a cycle-only, one-way cycle path on top of the kerb in each direction, allowing cyclists to proceed at pace or at leisure. At each intersection, cyclists will be offered the choice of either crossing with the cars (returning to standard cycle lanes for a short section) or diverting onto a raised table or signalised ped/cycle crossing (if you prefer to ride off-road). Also, all roundabouts on the route will be removed. In other words: Seamless high-quality cycling – for 4km from Upper Harbour Highway to Albany Expressway.

We also can now show you a cross section of the proposed default layout:

To CAA’s knowledge, only one Copenhagen Cycle Lane project has been built in NZ (in Christchurch, many years ago) – but that one apparently had lots of critics, as the raised lanes were narrow, and provision at intersections and driveways inconsistent. Everything is pointing to a more mature design finally reaching NZ’s shores.

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9 responses to “Albany Highway proceeding with Copenhagen Cycle Lanes

  1. It’s great that road planning (at least in places) appears to be maturing, the original plan in 2005 was simply for a 4-lane highway so it’s good to see something that actually encourages alternatives. Considering how many motorways there are in the area building yet another highway would have been a very poor move.

    1. Indeed. While Albany Highway had a reasonably wide corridor to work in for most part, one still has to congratulate them for sticking to their guns (because the corridor was not wide enough in ALL sections, so they had to buy some sections of properties). Traditionally, that only got done for another car lane…

      Once this is in place, we have an example to look at when designing for corridors that might not be quite as fortituous in terms of widths available.

  2. This is fantastic news.

    So many of Ak’s arterial routes could be transformed like this, or with perhaps only one Copenhagen lane.. especially if we ditched the car parking down one side of the road. Which could be compensated for by adding additional zebra crossings, which are bike- and pedestrian- friendly of course, and tend to make cars slow down.

  3. ooh so exciting! I’ll have to catch the ferry over and cycle out just to see them when they are completed 🙂

    1. Bevan, this project does one better, and provides a grass strip in-between the ped and cycle zones. I think that will do even more to discourage the “thoughtless wanderer” type of person from straying than a slight vertical kerb difference will.

  4. That is exciting, and right on my doorstep!

    Do you guys (CAA) mind if I re-post this on the Bike Friendly North Shore blog?

    1. Antoine – we’re all about cycling, not copyright protection (which reminds me that we should think about licensing our whole site as Creative Commons).

      So go all out for it. Repost it, put your own take on it. As you prefer – the more buzz we generate, the more likely other projects get better treatment too.

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