The Northwestern Cycleway is Auckland’s premier ‘commuter’ cycle route. It runs alongside SH16 from Lincoln Road to the City Centre, and is almost entirely off-road, providing great convenience and safety.
As the second-busiest cycle route in the city (after Tamaki Drive/ Quay St), it features highly on Bike Auckland’s list of priorities, reflecting its importance amongst our membership and the wider community of people who bike.
It’s also Auckland’s fastest growing bike route. Ridership has tripled between 2012 and 2018, fuelled by improvements and new connections along its length. These include: the opening of Grafton Gully cycleway and Lightpath/ Nelson St and the Ian McKinnon Drive cycleway at the city end; the Waterview Path from SH20 to Waterview; major upgrades along the causeway between Te Atatu and Pt Chevalier; the extension of the pathway along SH16 as far as Westgate; and new provision for cyclists at interchanges, and side routes onto the cycleway.
Current issues we are watching and campaigning for include the notorious bottleneck through Kingsland; the long-promised upgrade of the crossing on Carrington Road; improvements to the St Luke’s Rd interchange; wayfinding signage; and maintenance of both greenery and surface.
For the full archive of our coverage of the NW Cycleway, see here.