Reading Auckland Transport’s most recent Annual Report, we noticed their summary of cycle facilities built in the last year (Page 44). And got curious.

How much do these these facilities score us towards the goal of completing the Auckland Cycle Network (ACN) in 2026, as agreed in the Regional Land Transport Strategy?

So we counted and measured the new bikeways we are aware of – all of them, even those undertaken by other authorities – in declining order of length:

Location Area Type Length (approx.) Comment
Rosedale Road North Cycle lanes 1,600m Completing cycle lanes on eastern part of Rosedale Road
Don Buck Road West Cycle lanes & some shared path 1,400 m Completing works begun 2011
Glenfield Road North Cycle lanes 1,000 m Part of road upgrade
Memorial Park Central Shared path 900 m Puketapapa Greenways (possibly funded by Local Board), widening of existing walking path
Onetangi Straight Islands Cycle lanes 850 m Part of road upgrade
Cox Bay Park Central Shared path 850 m Waitemata Greenways (funded by Local Board), rebuild / widening of boardwalk
Upper & Lower Domain Drive Central Cycle lanes 750 m Actually 1500m, but one-sided, so counts only for half length
Hibiscus Coast Highway (as “Silverdale off-road path” in AT report) North Shared path ??? – 500 m Described to us as related to access to new Silverdale bus interchange, given a guesstimate
Grand Drive North Shared path ??? – 500 m Described to us as link path from Grand Drive to the Orewa lagoon pathway, given a guesstimate
Grafton Gully Stage 1 Central Shared path 300 m NZTA project
Rankin Avenue West Shared path 250 m Extending existing shared path
Unsworth Reserve (as “Albany off-road path” in AT report) North Shared path 200 m Completion of existing path
Richardson Road over SH20 Central Shared path 150 m NZTA project, shared paths on new bridge, actual length 75m only, but both sides, so counted twice
Margan Avenue West Shared path 150 m Connecting to Rankin Avenue path
Orakei Boardwalk Central Shared path 150 m Extension under Orakei Road to train station (possibly part-funded by Local Board)
Browns Road South Cycle lanes 100 m Part of development intersection upgrade
Sandringham Road Extension Central Cycle lanes 70 m Part of development intersection upgrade, links to SH20 bikeway
Oceanview Road Islands Cycle lanes 50 m Actually 100m, but one-sided, so counts only for half length
Orpheus Drive Central Shared path 30 m Concrete boardwalk detouring pylon / motorway interchange ramps
Westgate Bridge West Bridge 300 m (including access paths) NZTA project with part-funding by AT, includes some shorter access path lengths
Jacob’s Ladder Bridge Central Bridge 250 m (including southern access path) NZTA project, includes cycleable access path to Beaumont Street, but has no ramp on north side (elevator only)
10,350 m

The above lists all new route lengths we are aware of, or have been communicated to us as finished, by AT or others, in the financial year 2012/13. The large majority of these are by Auckland Transport, though there are also a small number of parks / local board / NZTA projects.

Please contact us – via email or in the comments – if you are aware of any omissions / mistakes, so we can get this list as correct as possible (we intend to run this analysis every year now, to check progress).

So with all these many projects done in just a single financial, surely the total is impressive? No. We are not looking at all that much. The total comes to barely 10 km this year.

Consider that to complete the ACN by 2026, we have to build ~800 km in 13 years (plus bring some of our “complete” network up to spec). Thus our target is ~ 62 km per year.

[Note added 5 October 2013: Above 2026 is date given in the Regional Land Transport Strategy 2010. According to the Auckland Plan, target is to complete the cycle network by latest 2030 (completion envisaged in the 2021-2030 decade). Even that later date would still make it ~800 km in 17 years, or slightly less than 50 km to be built per year]

Will 112 km be built next year (62 km target plus 52 km shortfall this year)? We are aware of a number of bigger projects coming up for construction next year, so the result will likely be a bit higher than this year, but we are also aware of numerous projects which are seeing constant delays and post-ponements. More effort is urgently needed.

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20 responses to “Barely 10 km of new bikeways built last year

  1. That figure is laughable! I’d be interested in how many kilometres of road around Auckland were complete scrapped backed, resealed and repainted i.e. such as College Hill recently, where there would have been a very easy opportunity to install cycle lanes at the same time. I saw this frequently happening in the US, in Boston almost every road I saw get resealed ended up being repainted with cycle lanes afterwards. Admittedly they seem to let their roads get to a terrible state before they do any maintenance, but the fact is they appear to be taking advantage of the synergy of adding facilities to roads during a routine maintenance.

    If we were being generous you could include the shared spaces into that total, i.e. an additional 100-200 metres.

    1. This kind of post/critique reminds me of why I am a CAA member/supporter. Keep the pressure on.

      As I have commented several times recently I think CAAs position when dealing with media and council is about right, i.e things are moving in the right direction and thats good, but they are moving waaaaaaaay to slowly.

      Think we need revolution not evolution if the ‘worlds most liveable city’ vision is going to become a reality.

      Also, I would love to know the anatomy of a delay, what actually happens at the meeting where the decisions are made?

      1. Thanks for the praise, Alan – we will use that number (“just 10 km”) during our discussions with politicians and AT managers as we’re about to go into the next 3 year political and funding cycles – and also we have been invited to help rework the cycling part of the Integrated Transport Plan. Numbers like this keep them (and us!) honest in what we are achieving.

  2. I’ll repost this here as it puts things into perspective. Chicago’s aim 645 miles (over 1,000 km in metric) before 2020! 1,000 km’s in 7 years or 142 + km per year.

    “The Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 sets forth a strategy to achieve Mayor Emanuel’s goal of making Chicago the best big city for bicycling in America. It calls for a 645-mile network of biking facilities to be in place by 2020 to provide a bicycle accommodation within half-mile of every Chicagoan.”

  3. Its in keeping with the small sections of cycleway that pop up while you are on the road. It needs to be of decent length to make a difference. Onehunga mall is a good example it would be good if it kept up all the way to OTH but leaves you high and dry at Mt Smart road. It would be nice to pick a arterial route and have a cycle lane from start to finish, but appreciate that for every Km of cycleway there is 1000kms of red tape!

  4. Here’s one of my favourite examples of another city putting Auckland to shame.

    “We want to see the proportion of trips by bike increase to 10% of all journeys over the next 12 years…….

    1. Central government is aiming for 99% of journeys in Auckland being by car.

    1. Wow. Didn’t know those – where are they exactly? Nice traffic calming cycle bypasses! And here I am talking to various AT people who seem to struggle with the idea!

      1. It’s on Oakley Ave in Waterview ( they basically replaced the garden you can see in Streetview with the cycle lane, it’s really nice, but unfortunately there’s only a garden on one side of the road so there’s no cycle lane on the other side.

        1. Interesting. Really interesting. It isn’t even on any major cycle route, yet it is what we’ve been fighting for for years! Maybe we’ve succeeded in slipping this into the standard ATCOP designs (their engineering standards, which they are still keeping under wraps but are apparently already using internally).

    1. On a more positive note, Portland, Oregon, got where they are now (something like 7-15% mode share cycling, depending on how far out you measure the “city”) by barely spending more than 1% of their traffic budget over 20 years on cycling (Portland’s own cycling champion’s stats). So it takes will even more than money, but CAN be done on a shoestring, if you have said will.

      1. No question Max. The only thing needed is the political will to put a small fraction of the transport budget into cycling.

        1. Actually, I was highlighting that the funding issue is far from the only thing – in my experience, more cycle projects fail from lack of political / bureaucracy backing (especially lack of will to remove car parking) than from lack of money!

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