5.3 Cycleways

5.3 cycling bike and riderWe ask that priority be given initially to two projects.

The first is to be Stage 1 of a wider network of commuter/recreational cycle routes where roads with identified low AADT (average daily traffic volumes) are remediated to have 1.5m (approx.) sealed and marked shoulders.  Clear and frequent signage would signal to motorists these shared routes.  Lower speed zones should also be applied along with an education campaign.

5.3.1 Pukekohe Commuter Route

Develop a commuter route from Patumahoe to Pukekohe via Patumahoe Road, Eden Road, Russell Road, Belmont Road, Factory Road into Victoria Street West.  From Victoria Street a route that terminates at the new park and ride facility can then be identified with signage.  Appropriate planning for cyclists will be factored in to the design of the park and ride.

The second project is to be the first stage of an off-road and primarily recreational cycle trail, not only making cycling safer and more convenient, but also offering a chance to get more people physically active and families biking in safe and pleasant conditions via off-road trails.  This again, would in the longer term be part of a district wide network and is centred on making use of rail corridors.

5.3.2 Patumahoe/Mauku railway corridor route

Develop a walkway/cycleway adjoining the railway line linking Patumahoe and Mauku villages.  From Patumahoe there is then the potential to develop the trail west towards Waiuku and so include tourist destinations such as the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.  Linkages towards Pukekohe are a future development so as to link with current iniatives such as the Tuakau to Pukekohe cycleway/walkway project.  This route will be part of the Village walkway/cycleway network proposed in 4.3 and 5.2.3.

Co-ordination with other iniatives in the district and a long term strategy are key to the success of the above projects.  We ask that Auckland Council support us with any interaction with roading or transport agencies, and provide any necessary resource allocations that can support these priorities in a cohesive and planned manner.

By identifying the requirements now, any future requirements for land, accessways etc can be taken into account when opportunities arise.  For instance, road shoulders can be created when roads are resealed.  Future developments can fund land requirements and work costs.

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