Keith Locke

Mayoral backing for Auckland Harbour Bridge Walkway/Cycleway

by Keith Locke

It looks like there may be a breakthrough in the years long campaign for a bikeway/cycleway over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Yesterday I attended the launch of the Pathway Working Group”s concept plan in the newly opened waterfront Wynyard Quarter. Auckland Mayor Len Brown spoke very positively about the plan, and it was supported by three MPs present: National’s Nikki Kaye, Labour’s Jacinda Adern, and myself from the Green Party. The plan has been driven by cycling advocate Bevan Woodward (standing at right next to me in picture) and Walk Auckland’s Andy Smith. To overcome any remaining resistance from the NZ Transport Agency the Pathway group has suggested tolling walkers and cyclists, but of course public funding would be the better course. It will cost around $23 million which, if it were a motorway project, would only be small change. The covered pathway has been designed in collaboration with Hooper Developments and is available on www.getacross.org.nz  

Published in Society & Culture by Keith Locke on Mon, August 22nd, 2011   

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