“SeaPath” – the link from SkyPath to Takapuna
During our consultation phase in 2012 – 2013, the Northcote Residents Association advised SkyPath shouldn’t proceed until we had a walking & cycling network link to Takapuna (see page 2 of the NRA submission). Good idea we thought – so we developed the link, called it “SeaPath” and provided our SeaPath report to NZTA and AT. NZTA subsequently commissioned further investigation and published its preferred route for SeaPath.
Not only does SeaPath provide an important link from SkyPath to Takapuna, it also integrates with the many other walking and cycling projects planned for Auckland – see this Walking & Cycling Network Integration map provided by NZTA, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.
Walking and cycling access around the Waitematā Harbour was promoted by Waterfront Auckland as the “Waitematā Harbour Loop”:
To form the Waitematā Harbour Loop, SkyPath connects:
- to the south at Westhaven marina, where Waterfront Auckland is building a walking and cycling promenade to connect via Wynyard Quarter to the CBD and Tamaki Drive.
- to the north at Northcote Point to a new proposed path connecting Shoal Bay and Takapuna/East Coast Bays called “SeaPath”
“SeaPath” as part of the Waitematā Harbour Loop
SeaPath will provide a safe and pleasant connection between SkyPath on the Auckland Harbour Bridge and Shoal Bay/Takapuna. Its importance is not affected by a further harbour crossing and will only be enhanced as the city and North Shore’s population intensifies.
SeaPath will provide improved commuter and recreational access from SkyPath to key North Shore destinations, such as Takapuna, Northcote and Milford and would connect to the walking and cycling access incorporated in the future Shoal Bay restoration as proposed by Reset Urban Design.
An existing path along the eastern side of the motorway runs north to the pedestrian tunnel at Tennyson Road. Local roads such as Queen St, Lake Rd and Esmonde Rd provide access north.
The design of SeaPath utilises the inner and outer barriers as trusses to span the 18 metres between the concrete abutments and support the shared path. Jump proof barriers could be added if deemed necessary.