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Focus area 4: Make walking, cycling and public transport preferred choices for many more Aucklanders

 ​More Aucklanders will walk, cycle and use public transport if it is accessible, efficient, affordable, reliable, safe, and attractive.

Substantial progress has been made in recent years. However, many parts of Auckland, particularly outer suburban and rural areas, still lack good access to these options.

To make public transport a preferred travel choice, we need an integrated system that consists of:

  • a rapid transit network that provides fast, frequent and reliable travel between major parts of Auckland
  • frequent, connector and local public transport services, often running in dedicated bus or transit lanes, that focus on more local trips and provide access to rapid transit
  • walking, cycling and park and ride facilities that make it easy for people to access public transport.

Further detail on our approach to public transport is outlined in the Regional Public Transport Plan.

While improvements are required across Auckland, a key focus of investment must remain on trips to busy locations like the city centre, metropolitan centres and other major employment areas (e.g. Auckland Airport). Large numbers of people travelling by car to these locations creates widespread congestion and requires a lot of valuable land to be used for parking, instead of more productive uses like homes and businesses.

The safe cycling network is still in the early stages of its development. There has recently been a significant increase in investment, generating unprecedented growth in the number of cyclists where improvements have been made. Read more on the Making Auckland more cycle friendly page.


​It is essential that walking and cycling accounts for a greater share of short- and medium-distance trips as Auckland grows to reduce pressure on the road and public transport networks, and for their inherent health and environmental benefits. This will require sustained effort and investment into safe and attractive cycling routes across Auckland.

How this can be done

We will make walking, cycling and public transport attractive travel choices by:

  • continuing to implement initiatives such as dedicated bus lanes and cycle ways that enable faster, safer and more reliable travel, particularly where a lot of people live and work and along highly congested routes
  • designing and managing streets in a way that prioritises walking, cycling and quality urban spaces, including speed management and safe crossing opportunities
  • making frequent, efficient, affordable and reliable public transport more widely available
  • improving access to public transport through walking and cycling upgrades, feeder services, and park and ride facilities
  • implementing the universal design approach and embedding accessibility into all parts of the journey, to make it easier for people of any age and ability to move around. For more information visit the Universal Design website.

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