Example of separated cycleway in Vancouver.
Example of separated cycleway in Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, very similar to our future Beach Road.

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Yes we can! – our first “Urbanway” is coming. FEEDBACK CLOSES TODAY!

As part of exciting changes in central Auckland, Auckland Transport has now released images of the new plans for the traffic-separated cycle paths along Beach Road. This will be the first real “urbanway” (urban cycleway) infrastructure in Auckland. It will join with the equally exciting Grafton Gully cycle path and the proposed flagship cycle routes on Tamaki Drive and Quay Street to form a safe, convenient link for cyclists into and through the CBD.

This will also link right through to the fantastic Skypath across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and finally on to Takapuna. Wow, it’s almost starting to feel like we are getting a proper city!

While Auckland Transport has done a lot to inform the local residents and business owners about the project, we feel that the message needs to be spread wider – so CAA has successfully asked them to allow a wider consultation, so YOU can add your support and show your enthusiasm. The first urban cycleway in Auckland that will both BE safe and FEEL safe – to encourage all Aucklanders (men, women, children, the young and the elderly) to get out on their bikes and enjoy this beautiful city.

Beach Road Images 01Here are some first concept images of the proposed Urbanway (which AT prepared on our request – we only added some cyclists into the Sunday traffic levels imagery):

That’s right; do not adjust your set! Those are actual, grown-up separated cycle paths in an urban setting – just the kind of “Urbanways” that the cycle module of the Congestion Free Network will showcase. And you don’t have to go all the way to the Denmark to try them.

Beach Road Images 02If you want to delve a little deeper into what is proposed, this blog article discussed the concept plans for the cycleway.






Many of you are aware of the fantastic economic benefits (if not, see here and here) that cities like Portland, New York, Vancouver and Seattle are starting to discover from good quality cycle infrastructure. The commercial area along Beach Road has looked increasingly run down and the great developments in Britomart have only added to that decline. It would be really exciting to see this new urbanway help to revitalise that area.

But apart from being awesome for City Centre cyclists, this would be a great showcase to boost appetite for this kind of infrastructure in other parts of the city. Like your part of the city.

Help make it happen. Provide feedback (even if it is only an “Awesome – do it!”) – give your opinions by the 4th October.

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15 responses to “Auckland’s first urban cycleway!

  1. Hooray! – Although does the first concept image show the urbanway disappearing entirely at a junction? That’s surely not a Good Thing, unless I’m missing something?

    1. No, it switches sides (using the traffic signal). It would have been best to keep it on the northern side all the way, but there’s problems with doing so due to the petrol station driveways (and because it starts on the south side, at Churchill Street, anyway).

      1. Ah. I understand it better now. I suppose if you carried on a green strip for those cyclists who don’t cross, you might confuse the ones who need to stop and wait. Hopefully there’s not too much conflict between those two cyclist movements. Looking forward to seeing it get built!

        1. To explain even more – if you want to ride off-road, and onto the Grafton Gully cycleway, then you cross at this traffic light. If you want to continue to Parnell, you will get an on-road cycle lane to get you to the Stanley Street / Parnell Road intersection at least.

    1. Would be a neat touch, wouldn’t it? It would have to be grass or low plants like in the Vancouver example (so drivers can see cyclists) but we will certainly should encourage them to do it if at all possible.

      1. Vancouver usually had planter boxes, some were simply wooden alongside their cycleways – nice touch I found. I really enjoyed cycling in that city.

        1. Yeah, you can see the boxes in some of the photos that the top image is from. Hope we can convince AT of that.

  2. Anything to get more people on their bikes and make Auckland a cycle-friendly city.

  3. I think it will be packed the day it opens, I’m actually surprised how many families I see cycling around this area in the weekends, and during the week there are plenty of people going about their business too.

    1. Plus of course there will be a connected cycleway all the way from out west.

      I am thinking around when it opens we should do a real campaign – leaflet drops to all the neighbourhoods around Northwestern Cycleway and maybe in Parnell, encourage people to try it out.

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