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Project introduction

The walking and cycling connection over the Auckland Harbour Bridge aims to provide pedestrian and cyclist access to and from the city from the North Shore.

  • Project type

    Walking & cycling
  • Project status

    Investigation & Design

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Purpose

A walking and cycling link over the Auckland Harbour Bridge is currently missing in Auckland’s network of walking and cycling routes.

Benefits

The proposal would provide valuable transport and tourism benefits and appeal to a wide range of users, including commuters, visitors and recreational users.

About the project

The NZ Transport Agency has started a Detailed Business Case for a walking and cycling connection over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

The business case started in 2018 to meet the Government’s priority to create more active transport choices for Aucklanders and deliver critical missing links in the urban cycle network in areas of high demand for example, between Auckland’s North Shore and City Centre.

The business case is almost complete. Part of the business case has been to look at a number of options through a multi-criteria analysis.

Have your say

Earlier this year we published our preferred design for the shared path, and since then we have been working on how the path will connect to the southern and northern ends of the Auckland Harbour Bridge – these connections are called the ‘landings’.

We want to know what you think of our emerging concept designs for the ramps that will land at both the northern and southern end of the Auckland Harbour Bridge Shared PathPath and connect to the future SeaPath route on the northern side. You can give feedback online or come and see us at one of the community events we are holding. The public feedback period will run from 20 August to 4 September 2019.

Read more about the connections [PDF, 4.3 MB] and submit your feedback online(external link)

The details for the sessions are:

Northcote War Memorial Hall
2 Rodney Road, Northcote Point
Tuesday 20 August, 3.45pm–5.45pm

Glenfield Community Centre
Cnr Bentley Avenue and Glenfield Rd
Tuesday 20 August, 7pm–9pm

Ponsonby Primary School Hall
44 Curran Street, Herne Bay
Thursday 22 August, 5pm–7.30pm

Preferred option

A preferred option has been identified and the rest of the business case process will examine the option in more detail. The preferred option is a five metre wide path, built on separate piers, attached to the south side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge directly linking Westhaven to Northcote Point and connecting with the future SeaPath route.

The option meets the future demands of all bridge users and preserves the structural integrity of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The five metre width allows for separation between walkers and cyclists, making it safer and more enjoyable for all users.

The route includes areas to pause and sit and will have three generous viewing galleries. These galleries are terraced down from the cycleway to create a natural seating area, distinct from the cycleway. They are up to one hundred metres long and at their maximum 4.2 metres wide providing seating for both cyclists, pedestrians, tourists and other groups.

The path will have clear daytime and nighttime modes. The daytime mode creates a strong sculptural symbol for cycling across the harbor bridge while the night mode will use architectural lighting to shine an even greater spotlight on the iconic bridge structure.

  • Benefits of this option
    • because it is attached to the bridge piers rather than the clip on there are no load restrictions, meaning there will not be restrictions on people using it and it is designed to cater for future demands
    • it won’t move up and down like the existing southbound clip-on does as it’s not attached to that clip on
    • it matches the shape and design of the existing bridge
    • separation between cyclists and pedestrians, improving safety
    • wide viewing galleries
    • the ability for people to access and exit the path from the existing bridge in an emergency
    • easier to construct because it’s made of readily available and quality proven steel.
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More information

The Transport Agency Board will consider the outcomes of the business case in late 2019.

The earliest construction could start on a walking and cycling path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge is late 2020. However, more will be known when the business case is complete.

The Transport Agency is also continuing work on SeaPath, a 4km shared path between Northcote Point and Esmonde Road, Takapuna. It is a priority for the Transport Agency to coordinate the design and delivery of both SeaPath and a shared walking and cycling path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to create the best outcomes for the community as well for those who will use them.

Read frequently asked questions about the Auckland Harbour Bridge shared path project

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