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A walking and cycling link over the Auckland Harbour Bridge is currently missing in Auckland’s network of walking and cycling routes.
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.
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 include:
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.
Video showing the preferred option:
Images showing the preferred option:
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.