Saddle up – we’re riding to Mt Albert Town Centre!

Feb 13, 2016
Saddle up – we’re riding to Mt Albert Town Centre!

Bike Auckland

Great news from Mt Albert – Council is now going ahead with the improvement plan for the town centre. And the biggest change after the consultation is: more bike lanes!

The plans are still pretty high-level, with detailed design work in the months ahead, and then hopefully followed by construction soon after. But look what’s now part of the bottom line: instead of just a few upgrades of cycle lanes on Carrington Road, things are now looking a lot sweeter on Mt Albert Road and New North Road as well.

Green cross - bike lanes here, bike lanes there - and do we spot some parking-protected lanes in that sketch???
The green X marks the spot – bike lanes here, bike lanes there – and do we spot some parking-protected lanes there??? (Wish we had a higher quality image – this one via the Council’s press release)

This will be a great outcome for Mt Albert town centre, which has increasingly become squeezed between cars, cars, and more cars, and is feeling the shadow of the giant mall not far away. Now it has a chance to return to a “main street” feel.

Mount Albert now. Lots of cars, not enough people.
Mount Albert now: lots of cars, not enough people. Soon: more space for feet & bikes.

Cafes and restaurants will be able to spill out over much wider footpaths, kids traveling en masse to nearby schools won’t have to perch perilously on narrow corners while waiting to cross the road, the railway station will be much more inviting to pedestrians and bike folk…

…and people on bikes will be able to rock up to their local shops much more easily.

Meet you for dinner there soon?

Because we want to say above all is: THANK YOU! We encouraged you at the time to submit your thoughts on this, and you really brought it home! You genuinely made a difference. Here’s the conclusion of Council’s press release.

This is the kind of responses we love. Well done Council / Auckland Transport.
This is the kind of response we love. Well done, Albert-Eden Local Board, Auckland Council & Auckland Transport!

 

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