Better journeys

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Children’s travel to school

There are 34 schools and over 18000 children living near Te Whau Pathway. Some of these children walk to school and already enjoy the benefits of an active commute.

Walking to school has positive impacts on children’s and adolescents’ mental and physical health and alertness now and into the future, increases social connectedness, reduces congestion and air pollution.

Living Streets Aotearoa

When Te Whau Pathway is finished, more children will be able to walk to school as Te Whau Pathway will make their actual journeys shorter. For other children it will make their journeys seem shorter as they will be able to avoid heavy traffic routes. (Research shows that pedestrians perceive journeys with less traffic as shorter than if the same distances was travelled on a route heavy traffic.)

How will Te Whau Pathway change your child’s travel to school?

The schools in the map below will be effected by Te Whau Pathway because their zones include Te Whau Pathway. Some of the schools on this map are not zoned – we included these if they were near enough to Te Whau Pathway that children may use the pathway as part of their routes to school. Note that if a child doesn’t use the pathway for their travel to school, they may still use it in their leisure time.

To view a larger map, click on the icon in the top right hand corner of the map.

Travel options

Te Whau Pathway is a dedicated pathway that will give pedestrians and cyclists a travel alternative to main routes such as Te Atatū Road and Great North Road. These roads are usually heavy with traffic and they have the safety issues of arterial and collector roads. Vulnerable road users such as young or inexperienced cyclists don’t see these routes as a viable travel option.

A travel route needs to feel safe for people to see it as a good option. Dedicated pathways are safe pathways and lead to more active mode journeys – particularly shorter journeys – being the natural choice whether going by foot or by pedal power.

“60 per cent of Aucklanders would cycle if separated cycle facilities were installed… the single greatest barrier to cycling in Auckland is that its roads are perceived as unsafe to cycle.”

Auckland Transport: Auckland Cycling Programme (2015)

Accessible routes

Te Whau Pathway is a smooth car-free pathway designed for everyone using active modes of transport. Those who rely on wheelchairs, mobility scooters, or parents with strollers and prams can enjoy a journey without the difficulty of curbs or steps. A smooth path is a more inclusive and accessible path.

Enjoyable travel

Getting from A to B doesn’t have to be a grind. All that time spent waiting in your car in traffic could be spent travelling through parks next to ever-changing tidal river. This is the uniqueness of Te Whau Pathway, it is a journey through a little bit of West Auckland urban wilderness, it is a blue-green experience.

Consistent journey times

Active modes of transport keep your travel times consistent – never be late to a meeting again! Unlike vehicles, active modes of transport are not subject to traffic jams, making travel times easier to estimate.

Future travel times for cyclists on the pathway

These estimated travel times are for cyclists on push bikes – ebikes will be quicker.

FromToTravel time
Green BayAvondale cycleway (via New Lynn)12 min
Green BayNew Lynn Transport Interchange14 min
KelstonAvondale cycleway (via New Lynn)18 min
KelstonNew Lynn Transport Interchange20 min
GlendeneNorthwestern cycleway (SH16)19 min
GlendeneTe Atatū Bus Interchange 23 min
Te Atatū SouthNorthwestern cycleway (SH16)10 min
Te Atatū SouthTe Atatū Bus Interchange14 min

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