- Skypath will bring economic benefit to the region, from tourists staying longer and more tourist-related businesses being created as they take advantage of the resource.
- Skypath will bring further economic benefit by substituting commuter motor vehicles from the bridge, allowing for more people to commute across the bridge each day without increasing nominal capacity. Skypath is a very low castaway to delay the requirement for alternative cross harbour infrastructure.
- Skypath will extend a community of walkers and cyclists from Wynyard through to the bridge, taking advantage of the new path there, and providing world-class environment for social activity outdoors. It will build on and enhance the success of Wynyard Quarter.
- Skypath may well help reduce the noise from the motorway for residents under the bridge on the Northern side, providing a physical sound barrier.
- Skypath will increase the value of residential and commercial property on both sides of the bridge, especially that property close to either exit. These places will become popular with people who want a quick commute to town.
- Skypath will give something iconic for every tourist and local to do, whether it’s a walk to the top or the full loop via Devonport ferry, and may be used to promote travel and economic development in Auckland as a whole.
- Skypath will catalyse a network of safe, separated and fun cycling and walking tracks in Auckland, increasing health by getting people out of motor-vehicles and on to physical modes of transport.
- Per GenZero’s stock response I do believe that the opening hours should be reconsidered, initially and periodically through-out the lifespan of SkyPath. My own belief is that it should be open 24 hours a day.
- The rise of simple and cheap electric bicycles will make Auckland’s streets and the Skypath more and more accessible to a large number of people. Similarly many of our aging population and visitors will need motorised assistance up Skypath, such as electric wheelchairs.
- Beyond commuters and tourists, Skypath will open up easy travel between Takapuna and Auckland city, providing recreational access to the beach for the increasing number of downtown dwellers, including myself, and shopping access to the city for those on the North Shore.
Addendum: Just after I wrote this, NZTA Auckland tweeted:
@NZTAAkl: Update: The #crash prior to the #Auckland Harbour Bridge is now clear of lanes. Congestion is back to Esmonde http://t.co/M2yxdDGkoa ^LT