No need for a pretty picture to go with this blog, because it’s all in the message. We can finally announce there is more money to improve Auckland’s cycling infrastructure for the next 3 years. HOORAY !!
The back story is that it is not new money, but comes as a result of moving funds originally intended to be spent in the last years of the 10 year transport budget into years 1-3. This is of course a great result, as it means we will see more action now, rather than in a far-away future.
Our understanding of the matter was initially a bit complicated by the fact that our official informant from Auckland Transport has had to juggle his way around inflated and uninflated sums. But what he has told us is this:
Walking and cycling in the final RLTP over 10 years = $127M, this equates to $96M uninflated which is $22M more than was in the draft, (walking and cycling in the draft can be found in two different places). None of this increase has come from other projects such as AMETI.
In first 3 year Draft RLTP walking + cycling = $17.5M (uninflated). In the first 3 years Final RLTP = $29M (uninflated). We have not increased funding for cycling over the 10 years but have brought funds forward into the first 3 years to enable us to accelerate the improvement and construction of the regional cycle network by $5.5M, the remaining increase of 6.0 M is additional funding for footpaths. The RLTP echoes AT’s desire to spend an additional approx. $2M a year on footpaths. It should also be noted that many facilities are shared.
Cycle Action is known throughout Auckland’s transport sector as making the best of every opportunity that comes our way, so we promise you we’re gearing up to make the most of the next 3 years.
It starts with more and closer collaboration with staff at the NZTA, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council as well as the Mayor’s office to make sure we have shared goals on how to be creative and clever in using this money. Plus staying in touch with you, members of the Auckland cycling community, to ensure you are on board and contributing, so all cyclists on the street know we are transforming Auckland into a great cycling city.
Have a great pedalling weekend!