We thought we would give you a quick update on the Quick Wins: New North Road project – which is turning more into a “Deliberate Wins” project.

But then again, one doesn’t want to end up wasting the $150,000 on design fees for something that can’t be built, or almost worse, on construction that doesn’t achieve anything…

So in the last 2 months, after a user audit and a safety audit, CAA and Auckland Transport have now agreed which changes on New North Road would fit the bill, and will now be taken to more detailed assessment, the key “go / no go” step.

The following items are being investigated:

  • Widening the pinch point of the western-side shared path on Symonds Street, near K’Road intersection
  • Providing cycle lanes through the New North Road / Mount Eden Road intersection
  • Providing an uphill cycle lane as you ride east along New North Road (underneath through the Ian McKinnon Drive underpass) – so that cyclists can stay on the road, and aren’t expected to take the dodgy off-road back route.*
  • Assessing parking removal at several intersection pinch points identified in the safety audit as major issues
  • If there’s still money left, adding advanced stop boxes to various intersections on the route.

* Where the current road layout takes away the cycle lane just as the traffic lane gets narrow. The concept now developed should hopefully allow us to remove the detour most ignore anyway, and provide for safer conditions on-road.

As you can see, the project won’t exactly turn NNR into a great cycle route on its lonesome, but hopefully, once implemented, people cycling it will agree that it has made a noticeable difference, and that it is worth taking the pilot project forward to other streets.

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5 responses to “Quick Wins: New North Road update

  1. Oh goodness!! I was riding out along this area the other day towards Kingsland and had forgotten how awful it can be; the intersection at the top of the hill, Symonds and Mt Eden/New North Rds is ok, but help through here would be helpful as two lanes of cars suddenly merge into one barely 10 meters down the hill and cyclists have to watch for cars ‘sneaking past’ on the right to get ahead.

    Then all the way downhill to the nightmare that is the motorway interchange – I have to be very aggressive here to get across to the lane that takes me along New North Rd to Kingsland. And I’ve had a few close calls with cars suddenly swerving across lanes to get to the Dominion Rd lane. So if you could redesign the entire intersection that would be marvelous!

    Coming back, yes, that dog leg route is annoying, particularly at the end because you get dumped on the road via a TINY, practically invisible, ramp. So a more direct route is welcome here.

    So THANKS for getting some improvements around here!!

    1. Hi Christopher – that merging issue was a big one in the safety audit, same issue identified in around 5 or so locations – that is why localised parking removal in some sections is being considered. The one you noted was the one also identified as the one with the highest risk of all of them, so it’s good that the safety audit and user perception matches here.

      Of course some locals will oppose any parking removal very strongly, but at least we now have an independent safety auditor classifying to Auckland Transport that these spots are real safety hazards.

    2. Yes – good to be addressing the funny dog leg bit! I always love those cycle tracks that end when the going gets tough! The downhill past the Dominion Road turn off is also genuinely scary. The rest of that is not that bad. Cars and pedestrians are pretty predictable compared to Dominion Road, for example.

  2. I used to ride that way every day, and found it more dodgy taking the dog leg than just hoofing it up the hill.

    This is a good ‘quick win’ as its probably not a huge cost, but there is a lot of cycle traffic along there, and definitely potential for growth!

    Nice one 🙂

  3. I have ridden this road a lot over last few years and every time I went through the underpass it made me angry that I cd live in a city where such a horrible, bleak anti cyclist and pedestrian section could exist. so good work getting small improvements! now can the next stage be that we just get rid of the whole crazy overpass thing and bring back some normal intersections? please….say by 2040 🙂

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