The final section of Auckland’s Grafton Gully cycleway, the link connecting the cycleway with the two Universities between Grafton Gully and Symonds Street near Whittaker Place, will be opened tomorrow (24 December).
“We’re extremely pleased to have been able to deliver this link before Christmas,” says Mieszko Iwaskow, the NZ Transport Agency’s Auckland and Northland Transport Planning Manager.
“We want to develop a great cycling city, with other projects such as the Westhaven Promenade and the Northcote Cycle Route, we’re investing in projects that will integrate cycling with other modes of transport across Auckland.”
The Whitaker Place link is a 40metre S-shaped bridge, connecting the two universities to Symonds Street. It diverges from the Grafton Gully cycleway, connecting Upper Queen Street and the Beach Road cycleway, which was officially opened by the Prime Minister in early September.
The Transport Agency, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport collaborated on the Grafton Gully sections to give people better access. The Council is responsible for a shared pathway for cyclists and walkers on Upper Queen Street. The Transport Agency constructed the 1.9 kilometre-long Grafton Gully section including the Whitaker Place link, and a 630 metre-long protected cycleway separated from traffic has been developed by Auckland Transport along Beach Road.
Other improvements to the Northwestern Cycleway are also underway on the Western Ring Route Projects along Northwestern Motorway (SH16) at the causeway, and the Lincoln Road, Te Atatu Road and St Lukes interchanges.
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