Phase one of this cycle network will continue to bring the community together
As part of Auckland’s Cycle Network and the Urban Cycleway program, our team was engaged to provide a range of services that would help the community stay active. Since much of the land earmarked for a transport route (in the 1950s) has been used for horse grazing and left undeveloped, our team had to overcome challenging terrain to deliver the first 1.6 kilometer segment of the shared path, bringing it up to a cycle metro standard.
The first section of this project involved the design of a two-way shared pathway conforming to universal design standards. In addition to a 4-meter-wide concrete path with two bridges for stream crossings, our design includes a large, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) embankment and other smaller retaining walls. The design will also help control cyclist speed while providing rest areas on the uphill grades for both pedestrians and cyclists. The route has regular lighting and fencing to separate the horses from the path users.
The path provides universal access, meeting the disability standard and adding another venue for the community to get outside and get active. This first segment of the project—which will be seven kilometers when completed—won the 2017 New Zealand Planning Institute Rodney Davies Project Award, which recognizes innovative and creative excellence in projects involving a physical work or development.
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