Hello fellow cyclists. We thought we’d give you a quick update on where our “Quick Wins” project to investigate and fix safety and amenity issues on Auckland on-road cycle routes is going.

During the last month, we concentrated on New North Road – and also received input from a number of you on what in particular bugged you there.

We have since compiled a report of all the issues we found and think could fall under “Quick Wins” to be fixed. They range from locations for short new cycle lanes, to changing traffic signals so that motorists wanting to turn don’t get pushy behind you while you wait for your own green light to go straight, to fixing a path pinch point at the entry to the City Centre.

With our report in hand, Auckland Transport is now starting their own safety audit, i.e. a formal investigation that will highlight the issues from the perspective of a neutral reviewer. After that occurs, we will overlap the two reports, and identify which fixes are most promising. And in a few months we hope you will start to see some improvements on the ground on New North Road.

Meanwhile, we thought we would contact you for advice on another route that is part of the 4 initial piloted for Quick Wins – the southern part of Parnell Road. What particularly bugs you about Parnell Road (between Gladstone Road / Saint Stephen’s Road in the centre and Broadway in the south)? What should be fixed sooner rather than later?

In our first assessment for example, we found the example shown in the photo to the top right – in this particular instance, the car drivers at Domain Drive intersection had left enough space for these two cyclists to get to the limit line. But wouldn’t it be great if we had a short feeder cycle lane leading you into an advanced stop box here?

Please provide your comments here in the comments section below – we’ll feed them back into the discussion with Auckland Transport.

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5 responses to “Quick Wins – An Update & Parnell Road

  1. A very popular route this – down to the waterfront.
    Broadway should be fixed first.
    I ‘crawl’ up Gladstone and St Stephens on the (deserted) footpath, buy the Rose Gardens, and round the corner by the Cathedral, but Broadway is just a nightmare. Such a popular shopping precinct. And busses everywhere, including the inner city link ones.

  2. Hi, I cycle this route twice a day. Parnell Rd starts at George St to the south (which is a shame as I had lots of comments about Broadway through Newmarket itself).

    1. Ideally, parking should be removed from the west side of Parnell Rd south of Maunsell Rd. This is the main pinch point for cyclists heading north. It also blocks the view for vehicles coming out of Maunsell Rd. Maunsell Rd and Parnell Rd intersection has seen many near misses with vehicles turning in and out of Maunsell Rd.
    2. Road surface on west side of Parnell Rd immediately south of Domain Drive. Flooding occurs here when it rains forcing cyclists either through a deep puddle or out into the traffic.
    3. Cycle advance boxes are no longer being painted green or with cycle symbol. This needs to be done on Parnell Rd and other areas (Remuera Rd for one). Cars are forever parking on these when waiting at lights.
    4. Cycle advance box required at Parmnell Rd and Birdwood Cres. Also Parnell Rd/Ayr St/Domain Drive intersection.
    5. Traffic light phasing needs adjusting so Ayr St vehicles turning left onto Parnell Rd get a longer red phase before Domain Drive traffic turning right get a green phase. 50% of the time cars are still turning from Ayr St into Domain Drive when Domain Drive get a green. Alternatively install red light camera.
    6. Remove parking on Parnell Rd southbound between Domain Drive and Maunsell Rd between 4pm and 6pm. This is a pinch point and heavily congested at rush hour. Dangerous for bikes and hard for vehicles leaving the Mobil station to see.
    7. Decrease the ‘wait time’ for the controlled ped crossing outside the Parnell Community library.
    8. Remove dashed painted lines at parnell Rd Sarawia St. Pedestrians think this is some sort of ped crossing.


  3. I also cycle this route twice daily agree with many of the point raised by Matt. Most of the near misses I have are at the Brighton Rd/St Stephens intersection and the Parnell Rd/Ayr St/Domain Dr intersection. I further note;
    * Suggest cycle feeder lane on St Stephens Ave for left turn into Parnell Rd.
    * Suggest advance cycle box on Parnell Rd (northbound) at lights at top of St Stephens Ave and cycle friendly induction loops on the right turn here – its a long wait it there are no cars around.
    * Matt’s point 6 – this is a pinchpoint for morning cyclists travelling southbound too so any intervention should cover the morning recreational cyclists and commuters too.
    * Moving across the northbound traffic to turn right into St Stephens Ave is hazardous but not sure how this can be addressed.
    * Not your current focus area, but a better connection in both directions between Gladstone Rd and the Tamaki Rd cycle path would make sense – both popular cycle routes.
    Thanks for the chance to provide feedback.

    1. Thanks Charlotte and Matt for these comments. I have my next AT/CAA liason meeting this coming week, and will take copies of this item with your responses.

      Did you see our collective efforts succeded in gaining a doubling of the draft budget for cycling, and it is specifically for completing the Regional Cycle Network and fixing pinchpoints. This means we have more money to get onto these projects. HOORAY!

  4. Also a twice daily cyclist on this route like Matt and Charlotte. My main bugbear is turning right down St Stephens Avenue – right turn arrow is far too short and means you get very limited opportunity to turn and as well as motorists gunning it to get through. Better light phasing and a cycle advance box would be a help.

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