Beach Road & Grafton Gully Cycle Lanes now open

The latest section of Auckland’s expanding cycling and walking network – the Upper Queen Street Grafton Gully and Beach Road link were officially opened last week, which is fantastic news for recreational and commuter cyclists wanting to access and enjoy the city centre.

The Grafton Gully link connects the city centre and waterfront to the existing Northwestern cycleway, and offers a huge improvement for cyclists. There are other cycling projects in the pipeline including the Westhaven Promenade and the Northcote Cycle Route, along with Skypath that will integrate cycling with other modes of transport across Auckland.

The NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport collaborated on the Grafton Gully link’s three sections to give people better access. The Council is responsible for a shared pathway for cyclists and walkers on Upper Queen Street, the Transport Agency constructed the 1.9 kilometre-long Grafton Gully section, and a 630 metre-long protected cycleway separated from traffic has been developed by Auckland Transport along Beach Road.

The Beach Road cycleway is a vital part of that network, linking cyclist travelling west to the Waitemata Harbour. Improvements to Beach Road also address safety concerns for people on bikes travelling along a very busy inner city road.

The Transport Agency plans to construct a link to the two universities between Grafton Gully and Symonds Street near Whittaker Place, and Auckland Transport will further extend the Beach Road cycleway to Britomart Place and Quay Street on the waterfront.

Read more about the Beach Road Cycleway here, and see some of the images from the opening day here. 

Read more about the Grafton Gully Cycleway here.