Barriers haven't stopped motorists using Auckland cycle-ways

Author
Michael Sergel,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 12:52PM

Barriers haven’t been enough to stop motorists using a central Auckland cycle-way which has been promoted as world-leading, and put forward as a flagship of the national cycle-way network championed by Prime Minister John Key.

Auckland Transport has introduced soft barriers some road intersections of Nelson Street Cycleway, after a Newstalk ZB investigation found the cycleways, which are separated from the road itself, are used by a range of vehicles.

But an ongoing six-month Newstalk ZB investigation has found motorists are continuing to drive down the cycleway every day, often just metres from Auckland Transport parking officers.

The Nelson Street Cycle-way is one of several cycle-ways being installed to make it safer for cyclists to get around, but footage shows cyclists are still being put in danger by motorists who are using the cycle-ways as parking bays or fast lanes.

Mr Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges cut the ribbon on the central city Quay Street cycle-way earlier this month, seven months after opening the nearby Nelson Street cycle-way.

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