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Plans unveiled for improved cycle connections

Plans unveiled for improved cycle connections

A new cycleway will cut travel time for the growing number of people cycling into the city centre from west Auckland. Auckland Transport is seeking feedback on plans revealed today for the Ian McKinnon Dr Cycleway which is a two way, on-road cycleway and a shared path through Suffolk Reserve.

The cycleway will significantly improve the connection for people cycling into the city from the Northwestern Cycleway and Dominion Rd says Auckland Transport’s Cycling and Walking manager Kathryn King.

“Currently people cycling from the Northwestern Cycleway have to go up to Newton Rd and either cross the road at the lights or do a loop around Piwakawaka St. They end up on the south side of Ian McKinnon Dr so have to cross the road again if they are going to the city.

“This cycleway will extend the Northwestern Cycleway through Suffolk Reserve and will continue as a two way cycleway on the city-side of Ian McKinnon Dr. It will also be great for people cycling from Dominion Rd who will be able to continue on Ian McKinnon Dr and then into the city via Lightpath, Grafton Gully or Queen St.”

The number of cycle journeys recorded on the Northwestern Cycleway went up almost 50 percent in May 2016 compared with May 2015 and the number of people cycling into the city centre has doubled in three years.

Ian McKinnon Dr Cycleway is part of a growing network of cycleways in the city centre with pink Lightpath attracting 750 trips per day since it opened in December 2015.

Auckland Transport is working with project partners Auckland Council and the Government through the NZ Transport Agency and the Urban Cycleways Programme on a $200m programme of cycle improvements in Auckland from 2015 to 2018.

Public feedback for Ian McKinnon Dr Cycleway is open until Monday 29 August.

For more: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/ian-mckinnon-drive-cycleway/


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