Shining like a small beacon in this darkness is a proposal from an outfit called the Greenways Project to put in an off-road cycleway from Otara to Point England. The project uses some existing routes and envisages the upgrading/installation of others. Spider and I think it's a brilliant idea (you can see the details on their website), especially as we'd be able to use it. And we support it for a bunch of other reasons - getting people out of cars and providing them somewhere safe to ride, helping them get some exercise, bikes don't contribute to our air pollution problem, and any plantings alongside would improve the water quality of the Tamaki Estuary, an important stop for migratory birds. And we know from the Western Cycleway and the cycleway alongside SH20 that if cycling facilities are built, they are well used and not just by the lycra-clad set.
Two of these boards have been supportive, and we're not sure what happened with the presentation to the Otara-Papatoetoe board.
If you live in any of the wards or are just a cycling enthusiast who wants to increase the choice of off-road rides available in Auckland, write to any or all of the boards so they know they have some public support. They're finding it difficult to get money to even put basic amenities in for public transport users so there will undoubtedly need to be a bit of a push for this. Here's links to the contact details for the Boards. Get typing.