A two way cycle path through the bulb out would turn this into a great route for cyclists.
A two way cycle path through the bulb out on Church Street would turn this into a great route for cyclists.

Recently, our new representative for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area, Chris Werry, attended the Local Board meeting in June. He proposed that CAA put together a list of micro projects that the Local Board could then focus on completing.

The aim is not to complete major projects that require a lot of time, money or consultation but rather to concentrate on small changes that can be made to existing infrastructure to make it more cycle friendly. That could be:

  1. better markings on the road/shared path
  2. a corner made less abrupt/more visible for cyclists
  3. a cycle friendly path through a bulb out to eliminate a pinch point
  4. smoother ramp to transition from the road to shared path
  5. Alleyways that could be better signposted or made more cycle friendly
The Hamana Street ramp - cyclists coming from the left need to get up on this narrow ramp to use the shared path down to Narrow Neck beach
The Hamana Street ramp – cyclists coming from the left need to get up on this narrow ramp to use the shared path down to Narrow Neck beach

We were inspired to do this by a positive response from Auckland Transport on a suggestion I made using its online form. On Hamana Street, the sharrows have encouraged more cyclists but the cyclists are then expected to use the very narrow and steep pram ramp up onto the shared path to Narrow Neck.

Cnr Tainui & Vauxhall - the footpath is a shared path but the ramps are not lined up.
Cnr Tainui & Vauxhall – the footpath is a shared path but the ramps are not lined up.

This was particularly bad for our Christiania tricycle as it is not good on slopes and it did tip over one time.

I wrote to Auckland Transport using their online form and suggested that the ramp be widened and angled toward the road to make it easier for cyclists (but will also benefit families with prams and people with mobility scooters).

Within a month or so I was called by AT and told that would happen on their next maintenance of the footpath. It is only a small thing but sometimes it is just small things that make the difference and get that next group out on their bikes.

The photos on right show a couple of potential projects Chris and I have identified.

If you can think of any small changes that could be made in the Devonport-Takapuna area to improve your cycling experience, please let us know in the comments.

We will be putting together a report to go back to the Local Board and we have been promised that they will do whatever they can to get those micro projects actioned.

Unfortunately this is only for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area for now. However, if you think the same approach could work well in your local board area, we really encourage you to get in front of your local board and challenge them to do the same. If you need any support, we are always ready with advice and some template documents to get you going.

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2 responses to “Devonport micro projects

  1. The most dangerous thing about cycling in Devnoport is all of the angled parking along Victoria Road, it’s too easy for cars to pull out without looking. Can this be changed? I know reducing, not increasing the number of car parking spaces is never popular, but I believe that the single most important change to make cycling safer in the area is to reduce the amount of traffic. Thank you.

    1. Hi Alison – It is a good point and I will have a post shortly on a new kind of cycle friendly angled parking being tried in San Francisco.

      Reducing the amount of traffic is certainly a priority. But it is a bit of a chicken and the egg problem. Until we have viable alternatives in public transport and cycling, most people will feel they have no alternative but to drive.

      If we can make small changes to improve the cycling environment, that will get the next 5% out of their car for at least some of their journeys.

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