For many years, we’ve been repeating the “it needs to be a connected network” and “only as strong as the weakest part” lines in pretty much all our submissions.

It’s great to see that is finally bearing fruit – with various cycleway projects starting to link up, and projects being actively being driven by AT / Council / Waterfront Auckland because they fill obvious gaps (including a few we can’t tell you about yet, but which hopefully will be able to soon). Similarly, we are getting more success when we point out individual flaws in proposed cycleways that reduce connectivity.

So today – a few images from two of our under-construction paths. A couple of days ago, we showed you Grafton Gully Cycleway. This of course links into Beach Road Cycleway – a project that in part came about because of the obvious “And what then? After you come to the end of the Grafton Gully Cycleway?” question…

Beach Road of course links into the cycleways along the waterfront, where also, authorities are chipping away at the gaps. Like with the Westhaven Promenade. Which of course leads what we hope will in not too-far-a-future be the south end of SkyPath

So today (Monday),  on the way to meetings – faster than driving, once you include car park hunting – I took a few photos of Beach Road and Westhaven Promenade for you…

First ride on the cycleway - well, rode it for some 25m or so... ;-)
First ride on the cycleway – well, for some 25m or so…
Somehow it looks like a cookie...
Somehow it looks like a cookie…
Cookies with concrete fillings!
Cookies with concrete fillings!
And a sad reminder, of someone who might still be alive...
And a sad reminder, of someone who might still be alive…
Then on to the waterfront - is this our widest shared path yet?
Then on to the waterfront – is this our widest shared path yet?
It certainly seems our widest boardwalk...
It certainly seems our widest boardwalk…
This part is narrower - but it's a temporary section, until this part gets a boardwalk too.
This part is narrower – but it’s a temporary section, until this part gets a boardwalk too.
And the driveways are well-treated too (I designed that one, so I should be humbler, but I like how it turned out...)
And the driveways are well-treated too (I designed that to have ramps each side, so I shouldn’t brag, but I like how it turned out…)
They're still working on this part...
They’re still working on this part…
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4 responses to “Starting to link up…

  1. Nice article. I have run over all of these routes recently (including a little bit on the Grafton link) and they all look great. I will be a regular user on my E-Bike of the Upper Queen St to Waterfront for my commute and very much look forward to it. One thing I’m not clear on is where it ends on Beach Road if you don’t turn right into Mahuhu to go to Quay Street. Looks like it ends at Tangihua Street.

    1. Hi Stephen – the initial stage runs along Mahuhu Crescent and Tapora to Quay Street (with a new signal crossing there to get to the cycleway on the north side).

      However, a “spur line” will also be extended towards Britomart along Beach and Customs Street East up to Britomart Place. We were told that that may go ahead as early as late summer, i.e. first part of 2015…

      1. The “spur line” will be cycle-only too, but off-road, rather than on-road. They will use the very wide existing footpath on the north side.

        1. Thanks for this – yes the footpath is wide, especially between Tangihua Street and Britomart Place – despite the fact that it’s in front of one of the most unpopular apartment buildings ever built in Auckland, it’s got a lovely Paris feeling as you cycle through – the trees and the fine hard loose surface. On a related topic, as I’m a Dominion Road cyclist (hence the upper Queen Street to Waterfront interest), I notice a lot of activity in building the “parallel” routes. That might be of interest.

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