We have a big opportunity to get a set of local cycleways really moving along!
Auckland Transport are consulting on Inner West safe cycle routes right now. This includes the areas of Point Chevalier, Westmere, Grey Lynn, West Lynn, Arch Hill, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, St Mary’s Bay and Freeman’s Bay.
If you use these areas to work, play, or simply to move through, then you’ll want to have your say. This project is really important to unlock the potential of the Inner West suburbs, but we need more people to express their support and ideas to make the network possible, and drown out potential naysayers. Make a quick submission now.
Your voice really does make a difference in this process - even if it's that you simply just support cycleways. There's always backlash to these cycleways and the more support we can provide in the early stages the easier it is for the projects to proceed. While all the bits and pieces of this project are important, to make it simple we’ve distilled it down to the four things you need to know and you can include in your submission:
1. Support the proposed routes that go through villages and past shops, because bikes are great for business. We’d prefer to see roads like Ponsonby, Jervois and Great North as a place for people to go to, rather than just somewhere to drive through on the way to the Motorway.
2. We want to make sure that the busy main roads, such as Great North Road, feature properly separated and protected bike lanes. It’s 2016, and paint alone just won't do. It also makes sense as main roads such as Great North and Ponsonby tie into the expanding city-wide bike network, and are essential links.
3. All our streets need attention, but there are lots of ways to make them friendlier for bikes. We should look at adding more speed-slowing measures to our residential streets and around schools. This will enable more people to cycle from their doorstep to work safely, or have the confidence to cycle their children to school.
4. As well as linking home and work, school and shops, the new network must connect us to the major attractions and gathering points, for example sports fields, parks, beaches, the Zoo and Motat. The more places we can bike to, the more we’ll bike. It’s fun - and takes pressure off parking, and public transport too.
And of course we realise we haven’t covered everything, but there’s plenty of room on the form for you to express your thoughts and make a submission.