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 NB works are moving so swiftly that even these very recent images might already be out of date by the time you see them!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!
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.”
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..
— Carol Green (@carolgreen) September 1, 2015
And the approach from Te Atatu is future-proofed for linking to the Whau River Pathway one day…
NW Cycleway at Whau River. The dead end to left needs 2 become our access to Whau Pathway under bridge, along coast! pic.twitter.com/DW2xooAcd8
— Max Robitzsch (@MaxRobitzsch) August 20, 2015
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.