Auckland Transport & the NZ Transport Agency have begun a feasibility study into how a city centre cycle share scheme could operate. This includes looking at how it could be funded and what sort of bikes would be used as well as the range of new technologies available.
Auckland Transport expects the initial findings of the feasibility study will be available around the end of September. Walking, cycling & road safety manager, Kathryn King said: “If there is a strong case for a cycle share scheme for Auckland, the next step would be for Auckland Transport to talk to potential providers with a view to delivering the scheme in the summer of 2019-20. Budget is set aside for this project, but no cost is yet set as Auckland Transport expects to run a competitive process to appoint a company to undertake the study.
“By the end of next year we will have completed a number of vital links for people travelling into & around the city centre by bike. This, combined with international evidence that cycle share schemes work when they are done right, means that now is the perfect time to begin these investigations.”
Transport Minister Simon Bridges said last week: “Cycle share schemes are an important part of the transport system in more than 700 cities internationally, and they hold real promise here. The Government’s urban cycleways programme is delivering a $333 million programme of cycling infrastructure & initiatives across New Zealand, and cycling is becoming an everyday part of more & more people’s lives.”
Auckland mayor Phil Goff said: “Cycling is on the rise in Auckland. Bikes now make up 9.4% of inbound morning peak traffic on Upper Queen St, which shows just how significant this mode of transport is becoming for Auckland.”
Attribution: Auckland Transport & ministerial releases.