Eastern Corridor

A reminder: The presentation is on tonight!

A new joint initiative between AT and the NZTA will see work begin later this year on a new cycleway to be built in stages between Tamaki Drive and Glen Innes. Whoopee !!

This is a fast tracked initiative – as soon as the Grafton Gully – Beach Rd opens in September, the construction focus will shift onto this new, highly valuable cycling link from the eastern sector from the City. It will use part of the former Eastern Corridor route, as shown in this photo.

Speakers from both organisations have agreed to attend Cycle Action’s May Committee meeting to present more details of the project, including the staging collaboration between AT and NZTA. This will be the first item and form the bulk of the meeting.

We’re in for an exciting week.

  • Janette Sadik Khan’s Aotea Centre speaking event on Monday 26th,
  • Cycle Action’s meeting on Thursday 29th.

A high level overview of the Tamaki to GI project was presented last week to the Tamaki Drive Working Group. The Group is convened by Cycle Action and AT, and has been closely involved in cycling projects on Tamaki Drive, along with creating road safety programmes like Good Bunch.

Last Tuesday’s meeting was attended by the project lead agencies, AT and NZTA, as well as Kevin Wright, (Transport Manager at Auckland Council) and Ken Baguely, (Transport Portfolio leader for the Orakei Local Board). We value Ken’s strategic work behind the scenes for this new project and hope he will join our meeting on the 29th.

Our meeting room is fairly small, but the only one available in the Central City around this date. You’ll need to book a place by emailing me – cuthash@worldnet.co.nz

Where – Ground level meeting room, Pioneer Womens’ Centre, Freyberg Square, between High St and Chancery St

When –   Presentations – 6.10pm – 7pm, Thursday, 29th May

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18 responses to “Diggers start soon on Tamaki Dr to Glen Innes – major new cycleway

    1. Come to the event, and you will get more info – sorry, we aren’t supposed to reveal more yet, gotta hold some powder dry 😉

    1. It is!

      It would also be great if it extends across Hobson bay next to the train, or (even better for me) along Shore road, using some of the different reserves and parks, and up to Parnell. We’ll wait and see.

  1. This is great news.

    The meeting will be interesting to people who..

    ..live in this area
    ..commute towards the city (by any mode of transport) from the eastern suburbs
    ..have children at Selwyn College or St Thomas’s school (especially if they live south of the railway)
    ..use Meadowbank train station, or would like to, if they could access it from Kohi
    ..are interested in the future of Purewa valley environment

    1. On a bigger scale, if linked properly, it provides a circuit for the sports riders via Tamaki Drive. As long as it avoids the shared path status. By all means provide a 1.8m wide footpath in a different colour or separated by kerb heights or vegetation.

      1. Yes. Some kind of barrier between the footpath and cycleway is a great idea. Just a white line has never worked for me. Pedestrians often just do not notice or forget and seem (to me) to randomly walk across the line.

        1. Even different coloured paving can work if it’s explained properly. Takes time to learn new things.

          1. I am not sure that this kind of path is appropriate for that, or even needs it – it is not urban, much more like a Greenway or Northwestern Cycleway. But we can discuss that during the meeting.

  2. Wow – if council keep this up I will have to stop cynically mumbling to myself every time I see the words -fast track, AT and cycle lane – in the same sentence.

    1. Thanks Alan – you’re spot on!
      This is the second of these collaborations – AT and NZTA are jointly delivering the Waterview Cycleway by getting the Alliance involved earlier. This will save 2 years on the previous timetable – ie 2015 NOT 2017.

      We need more people to follow your lead by proclaiming that you’re impressed by clever collaboration if it means cycling projects are fast tracked. I’m sure it will mean it will happen more widely.

  3. This is great news another new cycle way and it will take some pressure off Tamaki drive which is a win for all road users ,but just one question If they can find the funds for new cycleway why can’t they find the funds to finish/join up cycleways we already have?At the top end of the Shore someone has dropped the ball big time..Oteha Vally rd: this road has two lanes each way with the left lane 1.5m wider than the right lane its a prime road to just put in a cycle lane on now without upsetting drivers the only place that we wouldn’t be able to have a lane is as it passes under the motorway.i must give them a point for starting a cycle way over 10 years ago ,it starts 800m in from the Albany end runs for 600m then stops the road is 3.6km long .This road joins the bays with Albany & North Harbour Industrial area lots of people work in the Albany /North Harbour, and its an easy bike commute distance, the other is Albany Highway: the new Albany Highway cycle lanes which will be built soon ,the plans show it going from Schnapper Rock rd to Albany High which is great but it wont be conected to the Glenfield rd cyclelanes at Sunset rd ,the road between Sunset road and Schnapper rock is very wide so there theres no problems of not enough room .Both of the routes are used by bike commuters into the Albany basin and more would ride if the cycleway conected up.Im sure that other part of Aucland has the same problems .From up here at the top end of Shore it looks a lot like AT dosen’t think we are part of Auckland how about a little more of finishing what has been started and at little cost .Please get your act together AT, we know that you can and do deliver some good cycle infrastucture and for that we thank you .

    1. The benefits of a cycle lane can be perceived rather than real. When I lived in Auckland I regularly cycled along Oteha Road and in fact in 1987 when it was a rural road was nearly killed at the Fairview road junction when I was run over by a house!

      I recall when the road was widened in the 90’s there was initially more cycle lane provided but some was removed and left as a wider lane. Strange as it may seem I found the extra wide lane better for cycling than when there was a cycle lane! The traffic actually gives you a wider berth without the lane than with one.

      I think the issue is satisfactory space and unlike 90% of Auckland’s multilane roads at Albany there is adequate space for bikes and cars.

      If you are cycling in a marked lane you ride the usual metre from the kerb and at 1.5 metres your right elbow is overhanging the lane line. The drivers naturally consider they are in their lane and you yours so tend not to move out. When there is no lane line the driver, if considerate, and many are, move out to pass you and hence more air space.

      1. which is fine if you are happy riding in 50 km/h traffic. 99% of those who would cycle, are not interested in vehicular cycling.

        1. *60 km/h traffic there Bryce. It is a disgusting road with so much corridor width already available….

  4. Awesome news!
    As a St John’s resident who cycle commutes to Takapuna weekly, the lack of a safe connection from Tamaki drive across Hobson bay is a real pain. Ngapipi Drive at 4:30pm – no thanks!
    Can’t wait to see the route plan.

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