It’s buried in the fine print of their latest Business Report, and it has taken 2 years since Auckland Transport took over the project from CAA, but the application for a New Zealand Cycle Trail route for Auckland has been approved!
“New Zealand Cycle Trail application for a route between Auckland Airport and the City Centre has been approved by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The route will be delivered in partnership with NZTA, Auckland Airport and Cycle Action Auckland. The aim of the route is to improve cycle connectivity, safety and provide for economic development opportunities.”
The delays were mostly centred around AT assessing the need for and design around upgrading various sections of the route to a higher standard (which will of course be highly welcome – it will provide an opportunity to fix some real issues).
While we haven’t seen the finalised route (we of course have been involved with the draft plans), we understand that the route will go from Auckland Airport to Mangere Bridge, along SH20 cycleways to Mt Roskill. From there, it will temporarily* run along existing cycle lane infrastructure through Mt Albert to get onto the Northwestern Cycleway. The Northwestern – together with the Grafton Gully Cycleway – will bring tourists down into the City Centre, where many will be staying for the Auckland part of their trip. And from there, they can also connect onwards to Waiheke (the Business Report also makes mention of the Waiheke section of the cycle trail) & connect on to the ferry to the Hauraki Rail Trail…
* In the mid-term, this section will be replaced by the Waterview Cycleway.
It will be great to make a start on an Auckland much more friendly to cycle tourists!