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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.

Preferred option

A preferred option has been identified and the rest of the business case process will examine this option in more detail. The preferred option is a five metre wide path, built on separate new pier brackets, attached to the existing concrete piers on the southbound 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 three pause points approximately one hundred metres long and 4,2 metres wide which will be terraced down from the shared path to allow cyclists and pedestrians who want to have a rest on their journey rest out of the main thoroughfare of those continuing their journey.

During daylight, the Auckland Harbour Bridge shared path will create a strong sculptural symbol for people walking and cycling between the north shore and the city. After the sun sets, architectural lighting will shine a spotlight on this iconic bridge structure and create a feature within the Waitemata Harbour.

The shared path will be separated from the Auckland Harbour Bridge’s existing southbound extension bridge (known as the southbound clip-on) by a sufficient gap to allow access for maintenance of the clip-on.

  • 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 pause points
    • 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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