The Nelson Street Cycleway forms part of the Auckland Cycle Network by linking the shared cycling path on Upper Queen Street to the waterfront at Quay Street. Phase 1 of the Nelson Street Cycleway was officially opened in December 2015.
Beca undertook the detailed design of the southern half of the project for Auckland Transport. Phase 1 included a separated cycleway along Nelson Street, from Union Street intersection to Victoria Street intersection. This involved creating a 3 metre wide, bi-directional cycleway and an 800mm physical separation from general traffic. Separate crossing facilities at each intersection help cyclists to safely cross within their own lane and with their own traffic signals. Phase 2 work will commence in 2016.
"The Nelson Street Cycleway is a big step towards making the city a safer environment for Aucklanders. For a lot of people the biggest barrier to cycling is personal safety, so it is important that new cycling infrastructure caters to cyclists of all levels, not just commuter cyclists, but tourists and recreational users too. It was great to see so many children cycling Nelson St by themselves at the cycleway open day - without the new physical separators; I can't imagine their parents would have let them on Nelson St at all!" - Lucy Abraham, Beca lead Civil Engineer for the project.
For more information about the project visit https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/nelson-street-cycleway/