SkyPath Trust is excited at the progress being made to advance SkyPath on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Project Director Bevan Woodward says “With the pending transition of the ownership of SkyPath Intellectual Property and Project Knowledge from the Trust to NZTA, we are pleased with NZTA’s urgency to progress its Detailed Business Case for SkyPath. We fully support NZTA’s objective to deliver SkyPath per the consent conditions determined by the Court of Appeal.
We are absolutely indebted to our consultants. Without their generosity and remarkable commitment, there would be no SkyPath project today. They have worked over a number years, often under challenging circumstances without payment to make SkyPath a viable project – a transformational project that is now consented, funded and ready for NZTA to deliver.
And NZTA’s progress on the walking and cycling link between SeaPath and Takapuna, known as ‘SeaPath’, is also very pleasing. NZTA’s Detailed Business Case is being put forward for approval at NZTA’s December board meeting.”
With the pending transition of the ownership of SkyPath, the Trust is looking at new goals to improve walking and cycling in New Zealand. A key focus is safe speeds, for example: urban speed limits of 30 km/h and on rural roads 80 km/h or less.
Woodward says “We must reduce road fatalities whilst improving safety for active transport users. Safer speed limits are the single most effective and easily adopted intervention to achieve this. In this regard we have a challenge to get NZTA on board!”
KEY OUTCOMES FROM SeaPath ENGAGEMENT held in August 2018…
› Strong support for the SeaPath and SkyPath projects to work closely together on delivery timeframes.
› Concern about the impact of large numbers of cyclists on Northcote Point local streets.
› Long overdue – get on with SkyPath and SeaPath.
› Main use of SeaPath will be commuting (assuming SkyPath) and recreation.
› Concerns about safety issues at interface with local roads.
Detailed business case and consenting due to be completed next year. SeaPath to be delivered in 2021.
Learn more here: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/seapath/
Public safety is the heart of the $67 million SkyPath cycleway and walkway over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, says Transport Minister Phil Twyford.
The greatest possible rigour will be brought to bear on the safety and the resilience of the structure, he said.
Twyford was speaking in Auckland today where he and Greens co-leader James Shaw announced a $390m, three-year cycling and walking package across the country and reiterated the Government will fully fund SkyPath.
Bevan Woodward, who has been actively fronting SkyPath since 2004, said politics had affected what seemed like a no-brainer. “If we still had a National Government it would not have been funded. Now with the change of Government I sit back and just watch the whole thing move forward as if it is the most obvious thing since the invention of the wheel”
Read more: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12112286
The Government has announced a three-year $390 million package for walking and cycling today and repeated a commitment to fully fund the Skypath project over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Labour committed up to $30m for the SkyPath cycle and walkway across the bridge at last year’s election, but recent figures put the cost at $67m.
SkyPath will be connected with SeaPath, a 3km cycle and walkway from Northcote Pt and along the motorway to Esmonde Rd in Takapuna at a combined cost of $99 million.
Both projects are due to be completed by 2021. 🙂
Read more: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12112168
NZTA has developed a proposed route for the SeaPath walking and cycling path on Auckland’s North Shore and will present it at public engagement events this month at six ‘pop-up’ engagement events.
We are excited to see NZTA taking leadership for the delivery of both SkyPath and SeaPath.
They have the expertise and resources to deliver the world-class walking and cycling facilities which we have long sought to connect Auckland’s CBD with Takapuna on the North Shore.
Find out more about the proposed SeaPath route and how the project could be delivered…