The Auckland Harbour Bridge Skypath seems to be gaining momentum under political and public advocacy from getacross.org.nz
Aucklander’s are hungry for a pedestrian lifestyle, but carefully lobbied land use patterns have sent Auckland down a direction counter to this. A pedestrian lifestyle is not walking a dog around suburban streets, its a lifestyle in which your legs play a primary role in transport.
The Skybridge will enable your legs to deliver you across the harbour, with trips likely to be tolled to foot the $31 million dollar bill.
The suggested $2 toll for hop card users opens up the privaledge of a healthy pedestrian lifestyle to those within a comfortable catchment area of the bridge. It may bring thousands of houses within the catchment area to a walkable or cycle-able distance to the city centre, but how many of those households have keen cyclists who work in that same radius.
The encapsulating skin will provide shelter from the wind and rain, and no doubt keep people from taking a dive off it, while glass sections should permit a continuous panorama of views along the journey.
It would be very interesting to see how stop off areas have been treated. From the external render it seems there are 3 of these areas per side, which look generous in size.
Should funding go well, it would be great to be able to cycle to work and stop off in a bay on the Skypath to take in the view.
Published by Alastair Mckenzie | Shared Thoughts are the views as written by the Author, not of the AAA.