The Urban Cycleway Fund programme is primarily funding a number of specific routes but in and around the city centre however two of the projects we’re individual routes but about improving and entire area so that it is easier to use a bike to access public transport. This is important as bikes and PT each act as multipliers for each other. These areas were earmarked for Glen Innes and New Lynn as shown on the map below.
Back in October, Auckland Transport consulted on the Glen Innes area, asking people to mark out on a map where they have comments. It was the first time they’d tried consultation that way. The results of that consultation are now in.
AT say they received 293 responses although only 33 came from the online tool and the rest from paper forms. Those responses contained 1070 issues, barriers or concerns and the common themes were
- Intersection/roundabout dangerous (199 comments)
- Parked vehicles/ narrow road (174 comments)
- Road/route dangerous/ difficult for cyclists – general (136 comments)
- Busy/ chaotic traffic road (121 comments)
- High vehicle speed (95 comments)
- Other cyclist concerns (103 comments)
- Improvements suggested (82 comments)
- Signals/ crossings (70 comments)
- Poor quality road/ path surface (49 comments)
- Bicycle security/ parking required (44 comments)
- Shared path concerns (23 comments)
- Vehicles pass too close (20 comments)
- Improve signage (9 comments)
The map below shows where specific routes or barriers were mentioned and how frequently they were.
And here is the cycle network for the area that AT have come up with as a result of that feedback although funding is only covering the Glen Innes bits.
Having a cycle network on a map is now thing and so AT say the next steps further consultation as the specific routes are further developed.
AT have also started work on the other of those Links to PT at New Lynn and have launched a similar consultation to what happened in Glen Innes. As well as linking to public transport it should also help with links to the recently consulted on New Lynn to Avondale cycleway and the more recreational Te Whau Pathway
The map below is the area they are looking at and AT want to know:
- Key routes you want to use when cycling to New Lynn and Avondale stations from the surrounding suburbs.
- Other key cycling routes in the area, such as those that connect with town centres, shops, schools, parks, and other community facilities.
- Any specific issues you would like to see addressed (eg any concerns that put you off cycling in the area, such as high traffic speeds, difficult intersections or lack of cycle parking).
- Other ways to make it easier to cycle in the area.
New Lynn is already the third busiest station on the rail network behind Britomart and Newmarket and improving access to it should only help in making even more popular.
Feedback is open until Friday, 24 June 2016 and there are a couple of public events people can a