Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the government’s pledge of $67 million to build Skypath, the long-awaited walkway and cycleway across Auckland Harbour.
Mayor Phil Goff said, “This decision will be transformational for Auckland, allowing pedestrians and cyclists for the first time to have permanent access across the harbour.
“It will connect the North Shore and Auckland isthmus with active modes of transport and will allow tens of thousands of people to get out of their cars and walk and cycle between the Shore and city."
“For adults and kids, locals and visitors to the city this creates the opportunity for a unique experience and to enjoy the fantastic vista of the city and harbour from the bridge.
“For commuters going to work, school or tertiary education it creates easy access to the city and equally for those wanting to visit the Shore and its beautiful beaches.
“Skypath was a commitment I made during the mayoral election campaign. Thanks to the vision of the government and those who have campaigned so hard for it, including North Shore councillors Chris Darby and Richard Hills, Bike Auckland’s Barb Cuthbert and Skypath Trust’s Bevan Woodward, Skypath is now on track to becoming a reality.
“Cycling in Auckland is growing at a significant rate. By building the most obvious gap in the walk and cycleway network there will be a huge incentive for more people to use active modes of transportation in place of our reliance on cars.”