The wheels roll on – infrastructure update

A very quick update on some infrastructure issues:

  • The Strand / Tamaki Drive – we have had a recent update from AT that they are discussing improvements with NZTA (as this is a state highway to the port). This will include the details of the cycle upgrades (westbound cycle lane on Tamaki Drive), and potentially also changes to the slip lanes. Construction is loosely envisaged in June 2013.
  • In a recent blog post, we discussed the proposed Albany Highway (South) upgrade. After that post, we went to AT to discuss the fact that the plans didn’t show cycle lanes on Upper Harbour Drive for the new signal intersection with Albany Highway. AT have confirmed that they don’t intend to build the intersection w/o cycle facilities on that leg, but simply hadn’t had finalised plans for the future UHD cycle layout yet. They will stay in touch with us on this. They will also look into whether a feeder cycle lane can be added where Unsworth Drive joins Albany Highway.
  • CAA’s and ATs “Quick Wins” project on New North Road is marching on – slowly, but deliberately. Current focus is on a number of potential parking removals downstream of intersections, and on getting more advanced design for cycle lanes at the Mt Eden Road / New North Road / Symonds Street intersection.
  • We have contacted the fine folks of the Whau Greenways project to see how we can assist making their great vision of a shared coastal path through West Auckland come true.
  • We will be meeting with NZTA / Waterview Connection construction alliance to discuss how cycling in the Waterview construction area can be made safer during construction, for example on the cycle path past the petrol station at the northern end of Waterview.

As you see, we try to keep true to our motto of having our fingers in as many projects as possible, to make sure cyclists are being considered. Sometimes, this doesn’t pay off until many months or even years later down the line, but we are slowly getting the runs on the board.

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