In our pilot project with Auckland Transport to improve a variety of particularly problematic locations for cycling on New North Road, we have made a large step forward. Two design schemes have been developed – and have been found to be feasible and viable within the budget of the pilot project. The two schemes are:

  • New southbound cycle lane at Symonds Street / New North Road / Mt Eden Road
    • Scheme 1 Copyright Flow, URS, Auckland TransportThis will give you dedicated space riding south through this currently very tricky intersection [sadly, adding a northbound lane as well was too costly within the pilot project budget – we will get there another day].
    • The extent of the cycle lane is going to be approximately 100m length, in a nice reversal of the common “cycle lanes stop just as you get to the intersection” situation
  • Wider eastbound (uphill) traffic lane on New North Road near Porters Avenue
    • Scheme 2 Copyright Flow, URS, Auckland TransportBy narrowing the solid median, we will be able to widen the through lane to around 4.5m, allowing uphill cyclists to be overtaken much more safely than at the moment, where the right turn lane into Porters Avenue creates a serious squeeze point.
    • As AT were concerned about less experienced cyclists having to merge with the faster fly-over traffic joining from the left from Dominion Road, the current road markings will remain and still encourage cyclists to deviate onto the shared path. However, for those of you who already continue straight on anyway, this location will now be a lot better.

These two schemes do not have final approval yet, but are well-developed and feasibility tested, and have had constructions costings developed for them. There are no more known issues that are likely to prevent them. Funding for them is available. So – knock on wood – they can be constructed pretty soon. We will keep you in the loop on that, of course.

Regarding the “No Stopping” markings proposed for the car park merge issues identified in our earlier work, the first scheme above would fix the worst of the four locations, while AT are still working through consultation responses and potential layouts for the three other locations.

This pilot project has at times been frustrating for both Cycle Action and Auckland Transport – and it wasn’t made easier for AT by having to mediate between very strongly opinionated local residents, various stakeholders and a stroppy cycling advocacy group. This project is now going to provide good change for cyclists – many thanks to the people at AT who have worked on this!

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10 responses to “Changes coming on New North Road

  1. Great outcome, it’s not straightforward retrofitting this city. To attract less confident cyclists the infrastructure just can’t give up when the going gets tough.

  2. These are some nice improvements!

    Not really related too much but how can I suggest other small changes to improve cycling – specifically a lowered curb between the footpath and the cycle lane on Grafton Rd. A lot of cyclists coming from town use the footpath running alongside grafton rd where it meets Wellesley street as it’s a lot safer than the motorway section of grafton rd above – but when coming to rejoin the cycle lane is an uncomfortable jump off the kerb.

    1. Hi BBC – that is a (somewhat depressing!) saga on its own. When the cycle lane was being designed for Grafton Road, I suggested in the CAA submission EXACTLY what you just said. Please put a drop kerb in so cyclists can go onto the uphill cycle lane there from the path.

      They told me they weren’t able to, because the path “wasn’t wide enough for a shared path”.

      The irony of course is that they themselves are still building shared paths of the similar width elsewhere, and their own cycle maps show it as a cycle route!

      And of course, the road itself is horrible there, so the “you shouldn’t use that path to cycle on” attitude is rather unfair. Sadly, sometimes with AT and cycling, it still depends a lot on the specific person you end up with – in that particular case, we got fobbed off.

      Can I suggest that you lodge your request on the AT website? Repeated tries will eventually get it…

      1. Rotorua Council don’t seem to share the same definition of shared path. A lot of theirs are basic 1.2m footpaths. Maybe what we should be doing is pushing for a large number of footpaths to be designated as shared and then fix them properly when the numbers of cyclists and pedestrians start to cause issues?

        1. Hi Bryce – I am actually quite in favour of AT having high standards for shared paths. They are problematic enough as they are in areas where the volumes get higher (we should have more cycle-only facilities), and its good that they don’t build any new ones to sub-standard. Certainly I wouldn’t support 1.2m paths…

          Its just that this path in BBCs example is already being used as a shared path anyway, and has a lot of other factors that make it work as one – for example no building doors or side paths giving onto it, people crossing sideways at all, no clutter around or on it, and it also has wide grass verges, all making it quite easy to share. For existing situations, I believe we and AT sometimes need to be more flexible. For new stuff, lets demand high standards!

          1. Agreed. I’m not advocating for anything less than quality paths but perhaps there are opportunities to find other footpaths that could have shared path status in order to remove the ‘its illegal to ride on the footpath’ comments that are often raised?

          2. In my opinion a shared path should be 3 metres wide to allow safe passing . Cyclists and pedestrians are less compatible than cycles and cars but there is the perceived feeling of less danger for nervous cyclists on a path.

            However pedestrians hate cyclists wizzing past them particularly if no warning is given.

  3. Thanks Max – I’m not surprised it’s something you had already thought of 🙂 I’ll suggest it online to AT.

  4. Sometimes these sorts of inaction from AT make me want to simply go there at night with a bucket of cement and a plastic pipe and make the slope myself 😉

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