Northwestern Motorway Cycleway Takes Shape - Latest Photos


Construction at the foot of Bond St alongside the motorway

The so-called Kingsland cycleway - the missing 1.24k stretch of cycleway alongside the Northwestern motorway, that  pieces together the mainly off-road 12km route between central and west Auckland - is fast taking shape.

Cycleway construction under the Bond St Bridge

It should be completed next month or close to it.

Once completed, it will give cyclists a mainly offroad 12km stretch of cycleway between Newton Rd and Te Atatu Rd.

Construction behind Western Springs houses alongside motorway

You can see earthworks taking place as you drive west bound on the motorway from Bond St towards the St Lukes offramp. Construction ends at Myrtle Streets in Western Springs, at the back of houses alongside the motorway near the St Lukes offramp.

Construction site at the Western Springs end

The project is costing about $3m and is being funded by the NZTA.

Presently, if you’re biking along the cycleway, you have to use hilly back streets to get between the sections of the cycleway.

This cycleway is Auckland’s most popular with an impressive daily average of 513 trips.

Auckland City Council and the NZTA are looking at how the cycleway could be extended to extend the cycleway eastward, from Newton Rd to Symonds St but Spaghetti Junction is an obstacle.

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  1. jarbury says:

    Is there a new/widened bridge over Mountain View Road? That might take a while longer to build than a month if there is.

  2. Matt says:

    There is also a section of cycleway from Te Atatu Rd through to Central Park Dr, it goes alongside the motorway until just after it crosses the water before Lincoln Rd

  3. Christopher says:

    Thanks for taking these pictures Jon, appreciated.

    NZTA some months ago approached me as Chair of the Eden Albert Community Board to seek approval of this project - to which I could only reply (having riden this link) - start yesterday please!

    They are looking at extending this link through to Wellesley Street, and the planner responsible confirmed that it was feasible weaving something through Spaghetti Junction - costly but do-able. Much like Joyce’s Holiday Highway.

    I suspect that this will the next project that they will do in the near-ish future.

    Christopher Dempsey.

  4. Jon C says:

    Christopher, thanks as always for popping by with comments and for your interest in the blog.
    I hope you can find a place somewhere in the new council order of things post-supercouncil as you are one of the good people always making a difference. All the best for 2010.

  5. Christopher says:

    I should point out that while Joyce’s Holiday Highway has a cost benefit ratio of something like 1:0.8, the proposed Wellesley St cycleway has one around 1:40.

  6. Sam F says:

    As a regular rider in this neck of the woods, this is going to be good. It knocks out many of the stupid transitions between cycleway and (hilly, narrow) suburban streets. Will be very much keener to make a run from town out to Henderson now…

    If it threaded through to Wellesley Street later on that would be absolutely divine. At present I’m riding up and down New North Road to town every morning and evening, and would love to have another option that doesn’t involve risking life and limb so much!

  7. Max Robitzsch says:

    NZTA is currently calling for tenders for the design of the cycleway through the CMJ junction. No idea when / if they will eventually approve the $6million it is expected to cost, though…

  8. Louise Evans says:

    Can’t wait for this to be completed. I cycle every morning down to the Devonport ferry from Western Springs, and on a single speed bike this will be amazingly cruisey! More importantly it’s recognising that different transport options work best when they have roads designed especially for them. Cyclists happy, drivers happy.

  9. Wynford Lewis says:

    NW cycleway is an ideal way of getting in and out of the city with minimum traffic contact. Similar thoroughfares along other Auckland roads and motorways would boost cycling significantly. Shame about the cost though. $3m for just the Kingsland section of the NW cycleway.

  10. max says:

    “$3m for just the Kingsland section of the NW cycleway.”

    Tons of services to move, retaining walls to build, one new bridge, high-quality landscaping, six or seven new path accessways.

    It adds up - but NZTA noted that despite those costs, the BCR was pretty great - that is why they did this one first.

  11. Tim says:

    Sooooo… when will this be comjpleted? It started in Nov 09 and wasn’t suppose to take more than 2-3 months.

    It’s looking very close but it would be nice to get a few rides in before winter sets in.

  12. Jon C says:

    @Tim It doesnt look far away. I’ll put up some new photos soon. I had a close look at it today
    I cant wait either.


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