West Auckland cycleway sets standard for Auckland cycleways

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Stuff reporter Mary Fitzgerald reviews Auckland's Northwestern cycleway.

The Northwestern cycleway is the big brother of Auckland's cycleways.

The 13 kilometre, three metre wide mostly off road cycleway sets a high standard in design, quality and functionality.

The cycleway follows the northwestern motorway, running from Lincoln Rd in Henderson to Upper Queen St in the central city.

I rate the cycleway 10/10 and highly recommend it.

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The cycleway has a gentle slope, is easily manageable, and links with the Nelson St cycleway and the Grafton Gully cycleway, creating a direct route from West Auckland into Auckland central.

Stuff reporter Mary Fitzgerald says the Northwestern cycleway is the best of all the Auckland cycleways she has reviewed.

Stuff reporter Mary Fitzgerald says the Northwestern cycleway is the best of all the Auckland cycleways she has reviewed.

Along the route there is bike access to Henderson Creek, Point Chevalier Shopping Centre, Unitec, Pasadena Intermediate School, Newton Central School, Western Springs College, Auckland Zoo, Motat, Western Springs Park and Western Springs Stadium.

There are panoramic views encompassing the Waitemata Harbour, North Shore, Point Chevalier Peninsula, the Motu Manawa Reserve along with views into the central business district as you approach the city centre.

Take time to stop and look through the tangle of the Waterview interchange and down into the junction, as streams of traffic navigate along the laneways below.

The route makes riding to and from the city a safe and an attractive for commuting or recreation.

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It is fully lit during at dark making it a practical option for cyclists returning to West Auckland from work in the evenings.

This is a fun cycleway for families wanting a weekend biking experience, and for commuters on bike or foot wanting to avoid inner city car parking fees.

The cycleway also connects neighbourhoods with schools and universities.

There are cycle-crossings and cycle traffic signals at intersections including St Lukes Rd and Upper Queen St to enable cyclists to cross separately.

The cyclepath signage is well positioned and supports the route well.

The cycleway, started by Waitakere City Council and Auckland City Council on land leased from Transit NZ, originally only connected Te Atatu to Waterview. Since then links have been developed over many years with input from NZTA, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council.

 - Stuff.co.nz

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