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St Lukes cycling improvements get underway

Published: 22 March 2017

Work is starting on improvements to the St Lukes Road cycle lanes, which will give cyclists heading to and from the Northwestern cycleway an added layer of protection.

From the end of March, rubber curbs with reflective posts will physically separate cyclists from traffic and prevent vehicles from illegally queuing in the cycle lanes between Asquith Avenue and Duncan MacLean Street. Road markings and signage will also be upgraded.

Small improvements make big difference

“As well as the major cycleway development around the city, we are also open to feedback from the community about where we can make smaller improvements to keep cyclists safe and increase the amount of people who want to ride," says Auckland Transport’s Manager for Walking, Cycling and Safety, Kathryn King.

"These improvements on St Lukes Road are a direct result of such feedback and we are pleased to be able to make riders on this route feel safer.”

Cycleways making a difference

“It’s an exciting time to be on a bike in Auckland as all sorts of improvements are going on from major new cycleways to smaller scale upgrades which make it safer and more fun to get on a bike," says NZ Transport Agency Regional Director Ernst Zӧllner.

“Last year, the Northwestern cycleway was the second most popular cycleway in Auckland, with an average of 660 trips per day – a 27 per cent increase on the previous year. These are the kinds of numbers which make a real difference to congestion.”

About the project

The project was first suggested by the community and is costing the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport $170,000. It is funded by a new minor improvements programme introduced to make quick improvements to enhance the quality of the existing cycle network.

The programme replies to safety and attractiveness concerns from the public and local boards, helping maintain existing numbers of cyclists, and attract new riders.

Albert-Eden Local Board Chair Peter Haynes says, “This is welcome news for our community of riders who have long been keen for a more protected route to and from the Northwestern cycleway. Our board is glad to have worked with Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency to make this happen.”