Part of the upgrade has been the appearance of these rather odd urban design features between Mission Bay and Okahu Bay. Not that we mind funky urban design features, and God knows Auckland needs more not less. But these aren't funky, they're not functional and, one suspects, cost the ratepayer a fortune.
But, obviously mindful of cyclists' safety following the death of Jane Bishop, the designers have made some provision for cyclists in their little oddities. If you look closely at photo 2 you'll see the cycle lane goes behind the little raised garden and pops out the other side. It's all but invisible when you're on a bike and I have never seen a single cyclist use this amazing safety feature.
Auckland Transport's priorities do not include the rapid upgrade and installation of cycle lanes. Yet the modest cost of $200 million to complete the regional cycling network is a drop in the bucket when cost of the (mostly roading) projects that have been prioritised in the Auckland Plan runs into billions. Getting people out of cars and onto bikes will be a big part of making Auckland the most liveable city in the world. And the experts agree (NB We'll put up link to the report up when it is released). Tamaki Drive is the region's single most used piece of road for cycling. Time for Auckland Transport to stop doing cute stuff with white cobblestones and address the serious safety issues still outstanding on this stretch of road.