East Street Cycle Link And Safety Improvements Proposed

Creating a safe environment for people travelling around
the City Rail Link (CRL) Karangahape Station construction
zone is behind a proposed East Street cycleway link and
safety improvements on the surrounding
streets.

Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing a range
of tactical changes including a cycleway link between Te Ara
I Whiti – Lightpath and Karangahape Road, via East
Street.

AT Programme Manager, Ian Howell says “With
the number of heavy trucks entering the CRL worksite
continuing to increase, we want to ensure that people
walking, riding bikes, or driving through this area are safe
and protected,” he says.

The proposal includes
turning East Street into a one way for vehicles northbound
between Canada and Galatos Streets and installing a two-way
protected cycleway.

Speed tables will be also
installed to create a slower-speed environment for all road
users. To assist with wayfinding, the colour scheme for the
cycleway and slow speed areas will match that of Te Ara I
Whiti – Lightpath and the Karangahape Road Enhancements,
with their distinctive magenta colouring.

The proposal
affects South Street, East Street, West Terrace and Galatos
Street and will remain in place until the Karangahape
Station is completed in 2024.

Mr Howell says these
initiatives will not only encourage safer speeds but will
also provide a more predictable and clearer road layout
making it easier for people to get around.

“There is
a lot going on in this area right now with the CRL works and
the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. We are expecting
many more people on bikes to be using Karangahape Rd when
the new cycleway is completed. The East Street Link will
provide a safe way of connecting to Te Ara I Whiti –
Lightpath”

Waitematā Local Board member Graeme
Gunthorp welcomes the improvements and says, “The East
Street link will be a fantastic safe connection from the
pink goodness of Te Ara I Whiti to the bustling energy of
Karangahape Road and its brand-new cycleway and
streetscape.”

Consultation will be open until
Wednesday, 4 November. If the proposed changes are to go
ahead, it’s expected they would be installed by the end of
the year.

To provide feedback go to:

https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/east-street-link-cycling-and-safety-improvements/

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