After almost four years of trying to get bike racks installed on Gulf Harbour reserve for ferry users, local board members were pleased to see them finally installed on November 30.
The process has been frustrating for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, and included a dispute with Auckland Transport (AT) about where the money might come from – eventually AT agreed to fund the racks.
A year ago, AT advised former local board member Caitlin Watson that it would install 4-5 Sheffield bike stands, under a shelter, once Council gave approval, with the cost to be around $30,000-$40,000.
Nothing further was heard, until the racks appeared recently.
An AT spokesperson says AT Metro Services commissioned this work “as Gulf Harbour was identified as a site that lacked sufficient cycle parking for commuters”.
The seven racks can hold up to 14 bikes. The total cost is $18,000.
Local board member Janet Fitzgerald says she is pleased to see the bike racks in place – something that was advocated for in the term before last, then former local board member Caitlin Watson advocated vigorously last term.”
A shelter over the stands was asked for and she says she hopes it will be provided in time for winter.
The AT spokesperson says at the moment there are no plans for a shelter, however the concrete pad is future-proofed for size should a shelter be added in future.