It has taken a long time, and then it almost passed us by because we were hip-deep in other urgent projects as usual – but SkyPath has now been lodged for resource consent!
Cycle Action is of course enthusiastic to see this move to the next formal step on the journey to allow all of us to take a new journey in Auckland, and bring the Shore and the Isthmus together. If you have followed the politics and the concerns of the locals especially in parts of the Shore, you will know that there’s still a way to travel – but soon all Aucklanders will get the chance to publicly submit on the project. We are confident the positive case for the facility will be agreed by all of you!
As a side note – the Northcote Safe Routes close for consultation next week – please consider giving feedback, as there is severe local criticism about car parking loss, despite much of the existing parking actually being retained in the proposal (i.e. one side of the street keeps the parking, the other side loses it so protected cycle lanes are possible).
Such cycle routes will be important for all of us to cycle across the region (and to meet friends and go to businesses on the Shore!), and as such, it is only proper that people outside of Northcote can give comment as well for AT to consider. We don’t begrudge people from Northcote the ability to drive their cars through our suburbs, but we also need safe cycle routes through their suburb. Over 50 years ago, a motorway opend up the Shore. Now, SkyPath and local cycle routes will help connect it better.