Parnell cycleway will reduce on-street parking spaces

A planned Parnell cycleway will allow cyclists to connect from Auckland's eastern suburbs to the city.
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A planned Parnell cycleway will allow cyclists to connect from Auckland's eastern suburbs to the city.

About 100 Parnell car parks will be removed to make way for a proposed $4.8 million cycleway, Auckland Transport (AT) says.

The cycleway will create a connection for cyclists between Auckland's eastern suburbs and the central business district but not everyone is happy with the number of car parks that might go.

Parnell Business Association general manager Cheryl Adamson says there are elements of the plan that benefit the area such as reducing all day parking that could be used by commuters.

An artist's impression of the lower end of Gladstone Rd after Parnell's cycleway is built.
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An artist's impression of the lower end of Gladstone Rd after Parnell's cycleway is built.

But she had "serious concerns" about the removal of so many car parks and the impact that could have on local businesses who rely on the churn of existing short term parking.

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The cycleway will run from the St Stephens Ave and Parnell Rd intersection down to The Strand and Quay St intersection, forming a link to existing and planned cycle routes on Quay St and Tamaki Dr.

It will also provide bike access to the Rose Gardens and Parnell Baths.

AT did not say how long the cycleway would be.

About $15,000 will be spent installing signs for residential parking.

AT has proposed a residential parking zone around Gladstone Rd and St Stephens Ave to prioritise parking for residents and businesses over commuters who park in the area during the day.

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Parking surveys along the route show less than 10 per cent of parked vehicles are registered to people living in the area.

Anyone will be able to park for up to two hours without a permit or coupon. Residents and businesses within the zone will need permits and coupons to be exempt from time restrictions.

AT cycling, walking and safety manager Kathryn King says the changes will be fantastic for people living in the area as it will reduce the number of people driving to the area looking for car parks during week days.

The cycleway has a 1.5 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of St Stephens Ave and Gladstone Rd, with a 30 centimetre concrete buffer between the cycle and traffic lanes.

Existing traffic lanes will not change, while some footpaths will be widened and some on-street parking will be removed, or changed from angle to parallel parking.

Some intersections will be redesigned with shorter, safer crossing distances for pedestrians.

To reduce traffic speed in the area raised speed tables have also been proposed at some intersections.

The Parnell cycleway is the first section of an extended route that will continue through to Newmarket and beyond.

AT is seeking feedback on the cycleway until December 23.

About $200m is being spent on cycling improvements in Auckland from 2015 to 2018.

 - Stuff.co.nz

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