TAMAKI DRIVE PROTECTION SOCIETY INC.
Cycleway Update - June 2017
Drive Cycle Route – Solent Street to Ngapipi Road intersection
by the Tamaki Drive Protection Society Inc.
Tamaki Drive Protection Society Inc (TDPS) was established in 1991 to promote the amenities and use of
Tamaki Drive, being one of the foremost public roads and scenic drives
in Auckland and New Zealand.
Society was active in the promotion of the Tamaki Drive Master Plan. The
Society was a submitter supporting the grant of the consent obtained by
Auckland Transport in December 2016 to upgrade the Ngapipi Road
intersection and install traffic lights for the safety of all vehicle,
cycle and pedestrian users.
Proposed cycleway design along the southern side of Tamaki Drive
initial question regarding the proposed cycle route prepared by Auckland
Transport (AT) is whether it is intended as (1) a cycle route for Tamaki
Drive alone, to be extended to Mission Bay, or (2) whether it is
intended to be a cycle route to connect with the Glen Innes cycleway.
the latter situation, the connection with Tamaki Drive could be (3) at
Ngapipi Road corner, or (4) adjacent to the Outboard Motorboat Club
premises, or (5) further west along Tamaki Drive near the Parnell Baths
pedestrian overbridge. All these options are relevant to the choice of
location of the cycleway.
(1) above is the intention, the proposed cycle location on the southern
side of Tamaki Drive is fundamentally misplaced, being based on an
assumption that pedestrians and cyclists using Tamaki Drive prefer to or
should use the southern carriageway. From personal observation over 30
years of driving daily into the City, the number of pedestrians on the
southern side is miniscule, whereas the vast majority of pedestrians and
recreational cyclists prefer the northern side with the attractive
harbour views and views of North Head and Rangitoto.
Cyclist movements from Eastern Bays into the City
first the needs of cyclists travelling into the City. It is desirable to
address three major groups of cyclists, (a) the professional sporting
cyclists, (b) the commuter cyclists (who may have an electric cycle),
and (c) child and family cyclists.
the professional cyclists will always prefer to use the road
carriageway, and there is presently no legal ability to prevent these
sporting cyclists using a public road (which is not a motorway).
Society recommends that the carriageway on the southern side should be
left intact with no narrowing of the present lanes and carriageway, and
should remain the primary place for the adult cyclists training or
commuting into the City.
of the road carriageway by sporting cyclists could be enhanced as to
safety by removing all parking along the southern side of Tamaki Drive.
Presently parking on the southern side is mainly used at weekends for
cars accessing the Outboard Motorboat Club (OBC)
or the Lilyputt Mini Golf facility. The vehicles for the Mini Golf could
be accommodated in the open space around the coffee pavilion which
appears from the one entry sign to have sole rights to that parking
area. Secondly, the green space between that area and the OBC pavilion
(with entry blocked to persons who are not OBC members) could be opened
up for public use generally. These off road parking spaces would easily
replace the removal of parking on Tamaki Drive on the southern side.
removal of the road parking, a painted cycle lane could be added to the
carriageway to provide much safer travel for the increased number of
sporting and commuter cyclists who use the carriageway for travelling
west into the city.
A new shared path on the northern side of Tamaki Drive
the assumption that the cycle path is not intended as the de facto route
onto the Glen Innes shared Path, the Society strongly submits that all
the funding available for the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route should be
expended on improvements to and widening the existing divided footpath
on the northern side.
present divided footpath should be extended by cantilever out over the
rock seawall. It is accepted with regret that AT has no funds available
to widen the rock seawall (other than at the Ngapipi Road intersection).
An extension of the path between 1.5m to 3 m using a reinforced concrete
slab should be technically feasible and reasonably economic. This type
of construction has been successfully used along the New Plymouth City
boardwalk, and could withstand all pressures from King-tides. At the
same time the road subsidences between the Ngapipi bridge and OBC could
be remedied. This work should be a high priority.
expanded footpath on the northern side could be divided into a
pedestrian part on the seaward edge, and an improved cycle path for
recreational and family cycling adjacent to the existing pohutukawa
trees. It is envisaged that the cycleway could remain a two-way lane.
is probable and desirable that most commuter cyclists going into the
City would use the road or footpath cycleways on the southern side of
Tamaki Drive Master Plan consistency
the shared path on the northern side of the Drive is consistent with
policies in the Tamaki Drive Master Plan, and would be consistent with
the further extension and improvement to the Tamaki Drive cycle route or
shared paths which in all parts should be located on the northern
seaward side of the Drive to enhance the enjoyment of the seascape views
and fresh air.
the Ngapipi Road bridge, the Society has long advocated the addition of
a pedestrian boardwalk (reinforced
concrete) along the northern side of the bridge to ensure that cyclists
riding in an easterly direction will be able to use the whole present
footpath once resurfaced, and eliminate the traffic lanes pinchpoint
that arises at the present time. It
is understood that AT may plan this addition to the bridge. An addition
to both sides would be a bonus. The consent for the traffic lights
envisages the widening of the Ngapipi bridge for seamless travel.
related design request is that any widening of the shared path on the
northern side, should be accompanied by the provision of further seats
or benches placed in the grassed areas between the pohutukawa trees.
These seats would enhance the enjoyment of the shared path by
pedestrians, in particular family groups and elderly persons. At the
present time there are only three benches along the whole of this part
of Tamaki Drive. Although members of the Orakei Local Board support
better seat provision, the members have stated that only Auckland
Transport can implement the request.
Shared path route between Glen Innes and the CBD.
the proposed shared path between Glen Innes and the City, it is the
submission of the TDPS that that project should best provide for a
separate shared path adjacent to northern side of the rail line across
Hobson Bay, being the most direct and efficient route between Glen Innes
and the City. It is not practicable or efficient to route the proposed
path alongside Ngapipi road. The users of the Glen Innes shared path are
primarily likely to be sporting cyclists, students and commuters, and
not visitors or tourists who wish to walk or cycle along Tamaki Drive to
experience the fine views and harbour sailing.
Outboard Motorboat Club Inc has been aware since the expansion of the
marina, that its lease of the transport corridor has always been subject
to the future needs of using the corridor for transport purposes. The
OBC has no legal or moral claim to use the leased land for vehicle and
trailer parking purposes in perpetuity.
the shared path parallel to the rail line is constructed, an exit for
cyclists, joggers and
walkers adjacent to the OBC premises onto Tamaki Drive, could require
the installation of traffic lights for a pedestrian crossing at that
point, to allow walkers and cyclists progressing eastward from the city,
to cross the road safely to access the shared pathway. A pedestrian
crossing at that point, could be combined with traffic lights to allow
for improved and safe access and exit from the OBC premises and the open
an unsafe situation arises where vehicles with boat trailers travelling
east from the City desire to turn right across traffic into the OBC
premises. At that point, by removing parking on both sides of Tamaki
Drive, a central turning lane could be added as part of a traffic light
installation. Looking to the future, with increased traffic flows, it is
inevitable that more light controls will become necessary, and road
users will need to slow down and accept any short delays arising in the
greater interest of public safety.
Traffic lights at Ngapipi Road
TDPS strongly urges Auckland Transport to continue with the construction
of the reclamation and the traffic lights, as approved by the resource
consent granted in December 2016. It is vital that the financing and
momentum for that significant work is not delayed or postponed.
Suggestions at the public meeting on 31 May 2017 for postponement of the
work should be rejected. The traffic light work is urgent as a matter of
safety and fair sharing for all road users. It is an unrealistic claim
that no work should be undertaken until the whole of Tamaki Drive can be
rebuilt. Incremental improvements are acceptable where consistent with
the vision in the Tamaki Drive Masterplan. The Ngapipi intersection
upgrade satisfies this part of the vision.
the funding of the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route in the form recommended with
a widened shared path on the northern side, any short fall in funding
could be reasonably met by a review of the curbing replacement programme.
Society members are of the view that much of this work is not
necessary as good curbs are often replaced by the same or inferior
stones, and generally no road widening improvements are made to justify
the replacement programme. Postponement
of the programme for routine replacements for 5 – 10 years should be
seriously considered. The saved funds could be diverted for the Tamaki
Drive shared path upgrade, and the raising of the level in the
subsidence areas to prevent inevitable periodic closures of the Road by
Society urges that the present plans for a shared path on the southern
side of Tamaki Drive be discontinued unless those plans are intended to
provide the link for the Glen Innes shared path.
Even in this situation, and the project should be redesigned or
expanded to provide for a wider shared path on the northern side of
Tamaki Drive with the greater benefits outlined. The vision in the
Tamaki Drive Masterplan for development of the northern location must be
supported by Auckland Transport.
prepared by Dr Kenneth Palmer, planning law specialist and former TDPS
chairperson. 15 June 2017
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