Public support for Auckland’s proposed SeaPath, a proposed walking and cycling path between Takapuna and Northcote Point, has been overwhelming.
More than 2500 feedback forms were received and approximately 108 people came to information sessions during a recent consultation process by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).
The feedback and suggestions are now being analysed and a summary, along with the next steps, will be released later in the year.
Some of the key themes that have been identified so far include:
- strong support for a well-designed separated walking and cycling path with safe connections to local facilities
- natural features should be recognised along with connections to the harbour for people to enjoy the coastal environment and views to the city
- the importance of safe, practical connections at either end of the path and along the route
- the southern end of the path needs to provide a clear connection to the proposed SkyPath crossing, while the northern end needs a safe crossing and connection to onward routes.
Feedback will help improve designs
The NZTA’s State Highways Manager, Brett Gliddon, says the responses will help refine the future design.
“We’re very pleased with the amount of interest there has been on the proposed walking and cycling path, which will be an important link in Auckland’s wider walking and cycling network.”
“Getting more people on their bikes is a key priority for the government through the NZ Transport Agency, to create more predictable journeys for all travellers as well as connecting people with a greater range of employment, education and social opportunities.”