Stage one official opening of Auckland’s largest cycleway project

15 months after the first sod turning, I had the privilege to MC the official opening of stage one of the first section of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path. This off road pathway will be used by recreational and commuter cyclist along with walkers, runners,Mums with prams and even thanks to its gradient, mobility scooters!

When we consulted with the public on this project, local residents immediately saw the huge value of a car free connection to the city and public transport.

The 7.5km shared path is being constructed in 4 stages

Stage one, from Glen Innes to St Johns Rd is now complete

I would like to thank the Minister for Transport Simon Bridges for his support through the governments Urban cycleways programme, MP for Tamaki Simon O’Connorwho worked tirelessly with me lobbying for this project and Auckland Transport. Without the combined support, this project would not have been delivered.

Bike Auckland must be also be  congratulated for their invaluable advice and support along with our Meadowbank/St Johns Residents Assoc and St Heliers / Glendowie Residents Asoc. I also want to acknowledge the design and construction teams who have had to tackle some tricky and hilly geography but who have kept the route as flat as possible to help make the shared path accessible for everyone

 Finally, I want to give my thanks to the residents and neighbours who have been directly affected by the construction. They have been patient and supportive as we have worked to deliver this pathway on their doorstep.

This will be one of the safest, scenic routes on which to cycle and walk in Auckland.

Ribbon cutting with Mayor Goff, Minister of Transport Simon Bridges, MP for Tamaki Simon O’Connor, Cr Desley Simpson and Orakei Local Board Chair Colin Davis.

Ribbon cutting with Mayor Goff, Minister of Transport Simon Bridges, MP for Tamaki Simon O’Connor, Cr Desley Simpson and Orakei Local Board Chair Colin Davis.