Things have been moving right along on the Causeway rebuild, in many cases faster for bikes than for other vehicles.  If you ride out west a lot, then much of this won’t be news – but if you haven’t been out that way for a while, here’s a quick photo update of some very welcome recent cycleway works between Te Atatu and Pt Chevalier.

For the photos and news, we thank our BikeAKL stalwarts Phil and Carol and Wayne, who keep an eye on the great new works (and occasional frustrations) for cyclists that are coming out of the motorway upgrades, and Barbara Ware of the Causeway Alliance, who is always wonderfully quick with updates and responses. NB works are moving so swiftly that even these very recent images might already be out of date by the time you see them!

First up, Carol has sent these pics of the underpass at Te Atatu, which is due for completion before Christmas, woohoo!

Coming up (or down!): One new Te Atatu Bikeway Underpass!
Coming up (or down!): One new Te Atatu Bikeway Underpass!
Taking a bite out of the hill, and also, out of traffic signal delays for anyone riding west-east.
Taking a bite out of the hill, and also, out of traffic signal delays for anyone riding west-east.
Still on the western side, this also shows the new cycleway towards the Twin Streams paths and Lincoln Road (for whose cycling future at least, we have been hearing good things).
Still on the western side, this also shows the new cycleway towards the Twin Streams paths and Lincoln Road (for whose cycling future at least, we have been hearing very promising things).
Here is the eastern side, together with the ramp you come down from the main bridge.
Here is the eastern side, together with the ramp you’ll be riding down from the main bridge.
Another look at the ramp - the old one was one of the steepest (if short) ones on the whole route.
Another look at the new ramp – the old one was one of the steepest (if shortest) along the whole route.
And a look back at the eastern underpass side - apparently, they are working on the murals in the underpass now. Great to see this BikeAKL-inspired project about to open!
And a look back at the eastern underpass side – apparently, they are working on the murals in the underpass now. Great to see this BikeAKL-inspired project about to open!

And here are some photos from Phil, taken on a ride along the causeway on 1 December. “Even those these pictures don’t show it very well, there were actually quite a lot of cyclists through this stretch, mostly traveling rapidly west with the wind at their backs.”

The new path at Rosebank ROad off-ramp, at this stage still with detour onto the older temporary path...
The new path at Rosebank Road off-ramp – at this stage still with detour onto the older temporary path…
Views over the causeway - finally out of the narrow trench. Shame the better views north wont last once the motorway gets raised too.
Views over the causeway – we’re finally out of the narrow trench. Bye-bye permanent mud-puddle and sagging sandbags!
A break area - we understand seating benches etc... are still to come.
A break area – we understand that seating benches etc are still to come.
And another shot looking east. Still a pretty windy stretch - but at least the new surface and width will make your ride home or into town easier.
And another shot looking east. Still a pretty windy stretch – but at least the new surface and width will make your ride home or into town easier.

Also, in case you missed it back in September, the Whau River Bridge is no longer the dreaded narrow one-way game of bicycle chicken! It now looks like this..

And the approach from Te Atatu is future-proofed for linking to the Whau River Pathway one day…

Not covered in detail in this update – because there are so many things going on! – but definitely under progress:

  • the steady work on the Patiki Road underpass, which will finally remove that detour in February or March 2016
  • the section from Te Atatu Rd to the Henderson Creek Bridge
  • the section west of the causeway past Autex
  • and we hear the slightly bumpy concrete at Patiki Rd is being looked at and will be remedied.

And lastly, in nature news: we hear reports of at least 3 pairs of nesting gulls along the causeway section – and even a pair of dotterels who’ve been hanging out with one of the digger operators! Yet more proof that biking is for the birds.

Dotterels
Dotterel duo, keeping an eye on proceedings. Pic courtesy Barbara Ware of the Causeway Alliance.
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16 responses to “Westie Progress on the NW Cycleway

  1. Wow, looks awesome. Only rode along there a couple of times this year but the trench was getting quite sketchy. Looks a little austere now but imagine with a bit of planting it will come up good! In the spirit of Lightpath, Aucklands bike paths will all offer an experience that elevates them above just a bit tarmac for dull commuting like our fellow citizens in the accompanying lanes.

  2. I went along there a few months ago and it was in such a bad state I decided I wouldn’t go back until things progressed. Great to see this is coming along in time!

  3. Looking great. Everytime I cycle out there things move on and up! Do we have any indicative end dates for some of the more major bits like the two underpasses, and the deviation by Chamberlain Park, which was only supposed to be there until July 2015….and nothing much ever seems to happen with (except it gets sketchier with debris and cracks by the week)…..

    1. Yes. Inner vs outer nw route appears to get vastly different treatment…
      Hate to sound negative on a good news post, so: well done on all the great underpass goodness out west! ?

      1. Different contractors, and even more, different contracting regimes. The causeway and Te Atatu are being done as “alliances”, with NZTA and various consultants and contractors in a joint design-build cost-and-profit-sharing agreement. Plus they are larger and more professional. St Lukes is a much smaller job, and a “you build this thing we designed for you” arrangement, where any extra effort costs the contractor money, so what does he care.

  4. How far out will the NW cycle route go once this is finished? Lincoln Rd or further?

    1. There is already a shared path from the Henderson Creek bridge to Lincoln Rd. When this is finished there will also be a shared path from the Te Atatu interchange to the Henderson Creek bridge. I’m looking forward to that as I can cut out Royal View Rd from my trip.

      There are plans for a shared path along the motorway from Lincoln Rd to Westgate but I think that will take a couple of years to complete.

      1. Well, we disagree that more car lanes are needed, but NZTA is also planning to extend the motorway further west in the next years, including a new cycleway between Lincoln Road and Westgate…

        Wish we didn’t have to wait for big new motorway works to get better motorway cycleways, but we are certainly talking to NZTA to make them better…

        https://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/projects/sh16-lincoln-to-westgate/SH16-Lincoln-to-Westgate-Project-Update-November-2015.pdf

  5. Those photos are already out of date – I went past on Saturday 5th Dec and I’m sure the underpass entrance where the diggers are is already paved. Looks very close to opening.

    1. Yes, and the new path at Rosebank off ramp is open now. Now the diversion is only for those continuing west.

      1. Mind you, 3m is a desirable width for an ordinary pathway out in the open. The minute you put it in a confined space like a bridge you need to add at least 0.5m to get the same “effective width” due to riders shying away from the rails. Plus, unlike an ordinary path, you’re not likely to be going back to widen it again anytime soon…

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