Construction has begun – let’s keep K Road humming along!

Construction has begun – let's keep K Road humming along!The much anticipated Karangahape Road Enhancements are under way at last! We’re beyond excited about the makeover, which will make K’ Road even more welcoming than ever for people walking, biking, and hopping on and off buses. Hard to believe it was five long years ago when Generation Zero led the call for K’ Road bike lanes. Back then over 100 local businesses signed up in support. Now’s our chance to reward that early vote of confidence by doing our bit as nimble travellers and frequent shoppers to keep K’ Road humming during construction.  Construction has already begun at the Symonds St end (as far as Queen St), and starts at the …
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Crash, Cry and Carry On – Cycling Beyond Trauma

Crash, Cry and Carry On – Cycling Beyond TraumaThis powerful guest post by Emma McInnes of Women in Urbanism delves into a difficult topic: the lingering trauma from even a minor bike crash. Like previous first-person posts on the subject, we hope it strikes a chord – and inspires an even louder call for safer streets. My first bike crash in central Auckland happened on Symonds Street. I was biking downhill towards the university. A driver coming out of a side road, turning left, didn’t look right, and ran over top of me. I was literally peeled off the road by a stranger, who carried me to the footpath to get me out of the traffic. I remember being too scared to …
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An insider’s guide to cycling in Mt Roskill

An insider's guide to cycling in Mt RoskillWith its ribbons of greenspace, local bikeways, handy alleyways, and connections to the wider cycle network, Mt Roskill is in the running to be one of Auckland’s most ‘mini-Holland’ neighbourhoods. This guest post by Jon Turner, longtime Mt Roskill resident (and candidate for the Puketapapa Local Board on the Roskill Community Voice ticket), explores some of the local byways and destinations of this increasingly bikeable ‘burb… When I read Helen King’s Insider’s guide to cycling in Mt Albert, I knew I had to join in the fun. As a long time Mt Roskill resident, I’m lucky enough to get to cycle to work every day, and often I’ll make a …
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What’s up on the NW Cycleway? A bottleneck and a broken bridge

What's up on the NW Cycleway? A bottleneck and a broken bridgeUpdated Thursday 15 August: Good news! We’re told the cycleway bridge at Mountain View Road is now re-opened to bikes, pedestrians, motorised wheelchairs, and scooters, with signage to be made and installed ASAP. (Maintenance vehicle access will be restricted). Stay tuned for further news from AT of how and when the repair will happen, and whether it will affect access over the bridge. “Why is it taking so long for tangible action? This should be an absolute priority.” We’re 100% with Newton Central School’s principal Riki Teteina on the matter of the bottleneck on the busy Northwestern Cycleway, as reported last week by RNZ’s Rowan Quinn. Auckland’s second-busiest and fastest growing bike …
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Project Watch: Midwinter 2019

Project Watch: Midwinter 2019We’ve rolled our midwinter June-July round-up into one bulletin, because winter is traditionally a slow time of year for road projects, with shorter days and gluggy conditions. But there’s been no slowdown in the number of people on bikes! Even in the depths of winter, Aucklanders are flocking to cycling as everyday transport, with year on year ridership up 8.9% in June. As always, the strongest growth is on weekdays, and on protected and connected bike routes. Proof positive that 1) if you build it, they will come, and 2) we won’t melt. Now, on with the updates… SKYPATH 2.0 With the project now in the hands of the NZ Transport …
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The Road to Zero – a new safety strategy (feedback open until 14 August)

The Road to Zero - a new safety strategy (feedback open until 14 August)We’ve written about Vision Zero before: the proposition that no loss of life is acceptable on our roads, and that human life and wellbeing must never be traded off against other priorities. Now the Ministry of Transport is consulting on a draft transport strategy for 2020-2030 that incorporates Vision Zero thinking. Feedback is open until 5pm on Wednesday 14 August, and we encourage you to take a moment to support the new approach. It’s a strong vision, and we support it, while also seeing ways it can be even stronger. Here’s an introductory video and links to the documents. And here’s the full consultation document. The button below will open the …
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Ramping up the design for SkyPath 2.0!

Ramping up the design for SkyPath 2.0!Progress continues on the Harbour Bridge crossing, with the announcement today of an upcoming call for public feedback on how the path will touch down at each end, in Northcote Point and Westhaven. This is a great sign that the NZ Transport Agency is moving things along efficiently and productively, with quick, focused consultations. Consultation on options for the landings will be open from 21 August to 4 September. Feedback will help inform the Detailed Business Case, which is expected to go to the Transport Agency Board for approval later this year. Says the Transport Agency’s Senior Manager Project Delivery, Andrew Thackwray: “We know there is significant public support for us to …
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How are you finding the Waterview Path? Take a quick survey

How are you finding the Waterview Path? Take a quick surveyHere at Bike Auckland, every time we ride along the Waterview Shared Path, we marvel at how this project – which began life as motorway mitigation to preserve local access – has taken on a life of its own, and is being so visibly used and enjoyed by such a variety of people. Have you visited or travelled along the Waterview Shared Path in the past six months? If so, you’re invited to take part in a short, anonymous, online questionnaire to assess experiences and social perspectives of people who use shared paths. The survey is part of an honours research project conducted by student researcher Ben Mansfield at the University …
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