Categories

Archives

Bikes and Public Transport, Glen Innes and New Lynn

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.

Auckland urbancycleways map 2015-18

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.

Glen Innes Consultation Results - details

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.

Glen Innes Consultation Results - final map

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

Clark-Rankin intersection - impression

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 Consultation Map

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

15 comments to Bikes and Public Transport, Glen Innes and New Lynn

  • xX_Car_Parker_666_Xx

    You may have already covered it in another post but they have one of these “haveyoursay” consultations open for Newmarket/Parnell at http://haveyoursay.at.govt.nz/parnellcycleimprovements

    And I look forward to seeing the results for the Inner West network which was open earlier this year. I really liked the basic “add a marker to the map” system they’re using and I think there’s huge potential in these interactive map editors for submitting information.

  • Sam Learmonth

    I live in Avondale and at the moment, if we join the NW Cycleway, we have to ride along Great North Road and then join it just prior to Pt Chev which will be resolved with these new shared paths. The Waterview Shared Path (currently under construction) is a great idea and will link residents of Avondale to the NW Cycleway. My issue is that there is nothing that links the areas to the west of Great North Road to the Waterview Shared Path – cyclists will have to backtrack down to Rosebank Road and join it there or face riding along Great North Road. I am not sure if AT has any plans to improve the footpath along this stretch but it is in an appalling condition and not suitable for riding or walking. They cannot seriously expect cyclists (unless very brave) to ride in rush hour traffic with 2 lanes of traffic in each direction and countless buses. It would be great if there were a couple of feeder paths that linked Great North Road to the Waterview Shared Path so that people could avoid Great North Road as much as possible.

    • Max

      There will be a bridge at Alford Street over the creek to the Waterview path of course, but I agree that local connectivity (and the safety of GNR!) still leave a lot ot be desired.

      There may eventually be a link from Holly Street (Avondale/Rosebank) to Heron Park which might allow some riders to avoid going along GNR, but of course we really need to properly redesign GNR itself. Shortly before Waterview happened, we almost got a painted cycle lane project, but that got scuppered due to the motorway works affecting GNR too much for them (old Auckland Council) wanting to proceed it.

      • Anthony

        I cycle GNR waterview daily. Its fairly dangerous but there is no safer alternative. As has been said, there would be a lot of backtracking required to access the waterview shared path for many people, myself included, and on top of that the shared path will be very wiggly with lots of corners making the route doubly long and hazardous in terms of visibility. The maps above are very much smoothed out and straightened. I won’t use it.
        I’d like to see the existing waterview cycleway extended at least to the top of the hill, its not that much further, and I assume council owns the flats on the corner with waterview downs, so thus already own most of any additional land that might be required.
        There was a proposal to build a high level bridge to link between Heron Park, intersection of BBR and GNR, and the waterview shared path. This might be an alternative.
        Ideally cycleway would be extended further west along GNR.

      • Anthony

        I’d like to see the New Lynn – Avondale cycleway pass under the southern span of the Blockhouse Bay Rd bridge. It can no longer be used for trains due to the lowering of the tracks and strengthening slab that has been poured on the south side. Still plenty of room for cyclists.
        To get between over/under the bridge, the path could be spiralled around on the grassed area to the south east of the bridge.
        The path could then cross the tracks using the east side of the bridge, rather than the west which is the current plan.
        This would avoid the hazard of cyclists having to cross the intersection of Blockhouse Bay and Rosebank Roads, which is the current plan. It would also reduce the delays for cars through what is a very busy intersection.

  • Is it just me or does the Glen Innes project not seem to offer much in the way of a network?

    • James

      No it is not just you @Bryce I was thinking it’s not very “networked” but couldn’t articulate it is well as you. The New Lynn consultation map looks more resolved than the GI proposed network. In some areas the proposed cycle routes run closely parallel to other shared paths e.g. proposed “greenways” and do not connect or network with them. I know transport and open space have different objectives, and i know that many cyclists would prefer a single mode route where possible but a bit of joined up thinking between different “Council departments” could result in a better cycle network.
      One observation from the GI consultation based on volume and location that it has been easier to get feedback from residents of stone fields and east of GI than from residents in the Tamaki redevelopment area. However the process is far superior to the so called consultation on for example East West Link.
      Final comment is the cycle route South from GI towards Pamure and Ameti – needs to be much more clearly defined to get really lock in the benefits from Ameti stage 2 and the under construction route down the gully into town.
      With this and CRL ground breaking I’m starting to feel a bit more positive. Maybe Ameti 2 (minus Reeves Rd flyover) will be funded out of next year’s election lolly scramble?

  • Gay Richards

    Glen Innes – so when will there be a safe, signalised crossing of Merton Rd, either at the existing pedestrian refuge, opposite the cycleway development or on the Merton rd, Morrin Rd roundabout? This is really dangerous for those crossing between the station and shopping centre and Tamaki Campus due to volume of traffic and sun strike at peak times.

    • James

      Auckland Uni Tamaki Campus was sold to a property developer on 11 April this year.

      • BBC

        Point remains, there will likely be housing there and no safe way to get to the station or the cycle way. Not to mention the horrendous roundabout which makes getting to any of the shops by foot pretty unpleasant and unsafe. I’d certainly never let a child walk over to the shops to pick something up.

        • James

          Good point I think that should definitely be the safety “yard stick” am i ok with my kids or elderly parents cycling to school, station or local services?

  • SDW

    I know its probably been raised before, but the wording AT uses around cycleways isn’t particularly helpful in some of the images above (caveat I haven’t gone through all the consultation docs). For example, the map legend implies the Nelson St cycleway and Light path provides the same level of service as shared bus/ cycle lanes along Dom Road. Separated cycleways, protected cycleways, cycle lanes, shared cycle/bus lanes and shared paths should all be clearly represented differently on the maps to help get a better understanding as to the state of the network. As someone who has recently tried to take up cycling to work in London (and who doesn’t have much confidence on a bike) its important to know what routes I can take without worrying about needing to share space with vehicular traffic.

  • Lloyd

    I love the way all theses maps ignore the biggest gap in any eastern cycle network – the Tamaki River. Auckland MUST invest in a decent cycle bridge between Panmure and Pakuranga. Tomorrow would be good, but even the drawing of maps showing the glaring gap would be a good start, so, please, if you are mapping cycle routes in the eastern part of Auckland, please show the car-only Panmure and Waipuna Bridges to remind everyone there is a major investment needed here, soon.

  • buttwizard69420

    I don’t know how Riddell Road is going to work as a cycle path. It’s wide enough in a lot of places but there’s a lot of elevation changes and blind corners. The saving grace is the minimal traffic – hopefully it won’t build up as much once the RTN bus changes take affect.

Leave a Reply