Auckland Transport engaged GHD to advise on providing safe and
connecting cycle networks in the Mt Roskill area of Auckland, as
part of the Mt Roskill Safe Routes project.
Our team developed safe and connecting cycle networks that seek
to build the confidence of young or inexperienced cyclists, as well
as increasing the commuting choices for those travelling to school
or work. This involves utilising existing open spaces with local
streets and roadways, to create improved and enhanced public
walking and cycling facilities and experiences.
New and innovative approaches were trialed by GHD and Auckland
Transport to achieve the optimal provision of facilities and safety
for cyclists. specific treatments, including “Sharrows” and
“Toucans”, were recommended for the first time in New Zealand as
part of the scheme assessment of the project.
The $4.9 million project involved high levels of engineering and
urban design expertise. This included the application of water
sensitive designs to detain and treat stormwater runoff, providing
safe and pedestrian-priority crossing points at intersecting
streets to reduce actual and perceived risks.
In addition to engineering considerations, it was necessary to
work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. This
included obtaining land easement agreement along the route,
obtaining support from the council prior to consent lodgement, and
being flexible in design due to public’s hesitant perception.
Managing these challenges while embracing the philosophy of
greenways were crucial to this project’s success particularly when
there were no precedents in Auckland.
The Mt Roskill Safe Routes project will contribute significantly
to Auckland Transport’s target to deliver 70% of the Auckland Cycle
Network by 2023. It directly supports the mayor’s vision of making
Auckland one of the world’s most liveable cities by investing in
cycle networks. On the opening day of the project, Auckland Mayor
Phil Goff stated:
"Providing safe walking and cycling paths like this provides
people of all ages with greater travel options to get to schools,
shops, parks or for recreation. Imagine what we can do in this city
of ours if we get more kids back on their bikes or walking to
Contact: Jason Chow