After the post a few days ago about cycling things happening in West Auckland, this last weekend I had a look at what is being constructed in the east of former Auckland City (click through twice for larger photos):
On Tamaki Drive, the works around Kelly Tarlton have been slow, what with winter being particularly hideous and rainy recently. The new bus stops however – which will allow most bus activity to be recessed away from the carriageway – are almost finished.
The new pedestrian crossings are also taking shape, as you can also see in the photos (CAA and some cycling groups riding there have been keen to ensure that the new crossings don’t end up new pinch points).
I suspect that the bitumen “hump” on the crossings are just temporary measures – and there’s a lot to be done yet until all is sorted, and the new cycle lanes can be marked.
As you can see, the geometries of building one bridge while not (yet) removing the old bridge seem to have resulted in walkers and cyclists having a pretty wide off-road path available on the eastern side. That says “future potential” to me…!
Underneath, the new walk/cycleway is not yet complete, but a recent information board update confirms they are working on it.
You may remember how this almost-disaster turned out to be an example of forward thinking, when the decision not to provide a walk/cycleway was changed at the 11th hour.
But when we will finally build the planned link across the causeway to Tamaki Drive – well, then it will suddenly become a key feature of a new route to the CBD and the waterfront, avoiding a crossing of busy Orakei Road.
Piece 23,517 of the “cycling city” puzzle falling into place.
There’s also a few cycling-related works further east on Tamaki Drive that I did not have the time to get to. Any further works in the area important for cycling that I have not covered?