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Making Auckland more cycle friendly

Cycling is often not a safe or easy way to travel for many Aucklanders. Not many people use their bikes to travel to work, school, shopping or many other daily activities. 

Getting more people to cycle will help:

  • ease congestion by reducing the number of people in cars, trains and buses - especially for shorter trips in busier areas
  • increase peoples' travel choices, particularly for those living in lower income households where travel makes up a significant part of their household budget
  • reduce the environmental impact of travel
  • improve the health of people who cycle.

What other cities are doing

Auckland has much to learn from other cities about how to dramatically increase the number of people cycling.

For example, up to a third of all travel in Amsterdam and Copenhagen is by bike. Only 20 to 30 years ago these places had much lower levels of cycling.

In younger cities, such as Vancouver, Portland and Seattle, sustained effort into separated cycle routes has substantially increased the share of travel by bike.

What Auckland is doing

Between 2015 and 2018, central government and Auckland Council invested around $200 million in cycling. This investment was the first step towards developing complete cycle networks in and around the city centre. It included improvements such as separated cycle lanes and painted arrows on quiet residential streets.

This approach:

  • improves safety for people who already cycle as their main way of getting around
  • aims to get more people to take up cycling.

The recent investment has added an additional 27 km of cycleways in central parts of Auckland and is already increasing the number of people cycling.

Focusing our efforts

While this recent investment has taken the first steps towards making cycling a safer and more attractive travel option, we need to maintain efforts to join up incomplete networks and extend this across more of Auckland. Efforts need to be targeted to the areas of greatest need and opportunity.

The following factors have influenced where efforts will be focused over the next decade as:

  • short to medium average trip length
  • high socio-economic deprivation
  • concentrations of young people
  • locations with poor transport choices
  • high employment and education activity
  • number of crashes.

The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) includes around $650 million of funding for cycling over the next decade, enabling recent progress to be continued. ATAP also signals that cycling is a high priority for additional investment if extra funding becomes available.