The trial pop-up cycleway on Captain Scott Road in Glen Eden is set to come to an end, with physical removal expected within two months, following a decision by Waitākere Ranges Local Board.
Installed in 2021, the cycleway was a part of the Waka Kotahi Innovating Streets for People programme, which tests changes to streets that reduce speeds and encourages walking and cycling through temporary initiatives.
The board decided to remove the cycleway at the end of the trial following an evaluation that counted cycling/scooter trips, measured traffic speeds and a safety survey assessing community perceptions of the cycleway.
It also reaffirmed its support for separated cycleways and improved footpaths and requested Auckland Transport report back on permanent traffic calming options on Captain Scott Road and options for a permanent cycleway to extend the Waikumete Stream shared path.
Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair, Saffron Toms, says that while removing the cycleway was the right decision, the trial has been effective at helping understand what elements worked well and which didn’t.
“There are many positives to increasing access to safe cycling and walking infrastructure, not least the obvious health benefits, reducing congestion and playing a crucial role in reducing emissions. However, we also need to acknowledge that there are practical considerations to take on board.
“One of the great things about a trial like this is that we can learn important lessons about things that do and don’t work, and to use that information to help find a better solution.
“Without doubt, this trial has helped us to do that. It showed that were challenges with the design of the cycleway, as well as the reduction in resident carparking access, as well as other issues that became apparent following installation.
“We must also acknowledge that the trial took place at a time of significant disruption. Commuting patterns changed due to the pandemic and the increase in working from home and school closures for parts of 2021, so it was not a normal circumstance for this trial to take place.
“But there were positives too. Cycling and scooter trips increased during the trial, while car speeds were reduced thanks to the traffic calming measures in place.
"The board retains its support for measures that calm traffic and separated cycleways, and that is why we have asked AT to come back to us with options for improving safety along Captain Scott Road, as well as how best to progress a cycleway that will be more practical along the route.
“We look forward to seeing those options in the next term, and want to thank all the community members who took the time to participate in the evaluation process.”
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