I asked for more detailed plans of the Ngauranga to Petone cycleway which were outlined in the NZTA documents being used for consultation, but surprisingly, there weren’t any – just a sketch and some grand plans seeking public approval.
My main frustration with the N2P project is that there are a few immediate changes that NZTA could make to make the ride much safer and more pleasant for all users. The next couple of drawings show some of the changes which aren’t hard to do; and they don’t take away any road, just use the space a little better.
The path is about 2m wide and feels really unloved. The pavement is cracked, stones and debris from the road are scattered and weeds grow out of the retaining wall.
Straight away, you can see the metre or so that could easily become a shared path – just raise the path to above road level, and pave to the barrier. Instant extra width and an awesome cycleway:
The embanked corners are only part of the upgrades. Talk about entrance from Petone bridge. Talk about clip-on bridge bits. Add pics of bridge, video of ride, old footpath.