An OnzO update – and a ride review

An OnzO update – and a ride reviewThe arrival of bikeshare in Auckland has been fascinating, with some teething problems, as we predicted. One biggie: a shortage of customer support, that led to a flurry of enquiries to us and likely to other places as well – many of them from members of the public who saw a dockless bike as an abandoned bike. The good news: OnzO now has a phone number – 0800 646 696 Please contact them about any issues.  OnzO has offered to meet with us so we can hear more about their plans, which we understand may involve a rollout of more bikes – including electric ones. We’ll keep you posted. Auckland Transport’s Walking, …
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Meet our bike shop partners: Rouleur Cycles

Meet our bike shop partners: Rouleur CyclesGreat news for Bike Auckland members! In a long-anticipated development, we’re partnering with local bike shops and other merchants to bring you special discounts and exclusive opportunities as membership benefits when you become a Bike Auckland supporter. Meet the people backing bike advocacy in your city – this week, a one-stop cycling haven on the lower isthmus… ROULEUR CYCLES Who and what is Rouleur Cycles? Tucked away on Selwyn Street just around the corner from Onehunga Mall, Rouleur Cycles caters for bike nuts of all kinds. Rouleur first opened its doors in 2015 with the purpose of creating a one-stop cycling haven for anyone who rides a bike. That’s pretty much how it is …
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Biketastic Te Atatu – Sunday 19 November

Biketastic Te Atatu – Sunday 19 NovemberTwo of Auckland’s staunchest bike burb groups are launching into summer with local festivities on the same day. We love their get up and go! Out west, Bike Te Atatu is running a Biketastic event as part of the Te Atatu Spring Festival, from 10-2 at the community centre on the peninsula. Featuring: bike repair with Flying Fix a heritage bike display by Shane the Bicycle Chap e-bike test rides thanks to Velocity Bikes bike decorating local bike info They’ll also be collecting donated bikes to pass on to the EcoMatters Bike Hub for fixing up and rehoming. And, weather depending, there’s a slow roll group ride at 2pm. More …
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Bike to the Beach with Bike Devonport – Sunday 19 November

Bike to the Beach with Bike Devonport - Sunday 19 NovemberLocal bike fun to kick off summer! On the same day Bike Te Atatu is running its Biketastic event, the Bike Devonport crew will be gearing up for their annual Bike to the Beach. All welcome. Meet at Windsor Reserve in Devonport at 11am on Sunday 19 November for a slow, family-friendly group ride over to Narrow Neck Beach, where there’ll be a sausage sizzle and kid-friendly fun and games. Bike Devonport is always looking for volunteers to help make the fun happen – if you’re keen, get in touch! More info on the Facebook event page.
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Meet our bike shop partners: the Electric Bicycle Hub

Meet our bike shop partners: the Electric Bicycle HubGreat news for Bike Auckland members! In a long-anticipated development, we’re partnering with local bike shops and others to bring you special discounts and exclusive opportunities as membership benefits when you become a Bike Auckland supporter. We’ll be introducing you to our new partners one by one, so you can get to know who’s backing bike advocacy in your city. First up is…  THE ELECTRIC BICYCLE HUB Who and what is the Electric Bicycle Hub? The friendly face of Electric Bicycle Hub is longtime bicycle advocate Maurice Wells. Maurice and family arrived in Auckland in 2015, when his partner got a job at the university. Although he’d founded two bike shops in …
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OnzO – the new kid on the block

OnzO - the new kid on the block[Updated Wednesday 15 November] We’re told OnzO now has a contact number: 0800 646696 for any enquiries. Good to hear they’ve addressed that gap in communications! Were you left boggling last Monday to find Central Auckland flooded with black and yellow OnzO bikes? We were too! In case you haven’t been in town since Monday, we’re talking about the highly visible fleet of small, single-speed, dockless public hire bikes, parked with helmets around bike racks in the City. The @onzo_nz exhibit at @aucklandzoo pic.twitter.com/qnF25DSNj5 — Andrew W (@aw_nz) November 4, 2017 Across the week, more bikes were delivered to Devonport, where I live, and were quickly making their way up Lake Rd to …
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Quickblog: Setting things straight in Mission Bay

Quickblog: Setting things straight in Mission BayEveryone who rides a bike  in Auckland knows that we’re still far away from best practice bike infrastructure – even if things are slowly getting better. But for all the places where there are no bikeways at al, sometimes what’s even more dismaying are the situations where the legacy of previous, limited bike infrastructure actually risks making things worse. Take for example the ultra-skinny bike lanes on Greenlane West (see image at right), or the end of the westbound cycle lane arriving in Mission Bay on Tamaki Drive. For those who don’t know Mission Bay, this cycle lane was installed as one of a few quick improvements after a spate of …
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AT’s new Community Bike Fund – get into it!

AT's new Community Bike Fund - get into it!Some great news, especially for our Bike Burbs and other local heroes out there getting stuff done: Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling department has opened up a special funding pool to encourage community bike events. As AT’s Walking, Cycling, and Road Safety manager Kathryn King said, ‘Many community organisations have great ideas to get more people on their bikes, and we are keen to work with them to deliver some creative projects that encourage more people to ride bikes more often.’ Wellington has a similar fund which has achieved fantastic things, so we’re overjoyed to see something similar here and hope this one-year trial grows to represent the vast range …
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Lightpath Festival – a block party with bells on!

Lightpath Festival - a block party with bells on!With Auckland’s beloved pink path turning two, Bike Auckland is throwing a block party with bells on! The Lightpath Festival, from 5-10pm on Saturday 2 December is a free, family-friendly evening celebrating this iconic addition to our city and the joy of people-friendly streets. Come and experience the city by night, with entertainers, music, art, food, and bike fun along Lightpath/Te Ara i Whiti and Canada St, just off K Rd. Here’s just some of the fun in store, with more to come… • Festivities open with a bike parade at 5pm from the Canada St entrance to the Lightpath • Roving performance artists and interactive art • Mercury Plaza’s carpark will …
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Puzzle me this: which way to the pink path?

Puzzle me this: which way to the pink path?Several months ago we shared a wayfinding tale of woe by Neil, who tried to bike from the city home to Henderson by dead reckoning – and got dead confused. At the time, we nudged AT to address the situation for new riders, given the volume of people who are keen to try the city’s cycleways, if only they can find them. The city centre cycle network map is great, and there’s now one for Waterview, too. But in our experience, people also need simple, intuitive, and unignorable on-the-ground signage. This will be especially true over the next few years, with increasingly popular and connected bike paths, and more and more of …
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Full steam ahead: progress on New Lynn-Avondale

Full steam ahead: progress on New Lynn-AvondaleWith the Waterview Path up and running, we’ve fielded lots of questions about the New Lynn to Avondale link, which will run along the railway line and connect New Lynn Station to Avondale Station and the Waterview Path. Good news! Auckland Transport has just issued a timely update and a map of the final route, which includes two new bridges and an underpass. Click on the image below to enlarge it, or check out the PDF version here:  New Lynn to Avondale shared path map Nov 2017. These are the major refinements to previous plans, after consultation and investigation: To account for the increase in train services, the path will …
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The Disappearing Cycleway II – A Devonport Tale

The Disappearing Cycleway II - A Devonport TaleJust in time for Halloween, we have a dark and terrifying tale for you. Remember Victoria St and Calliope Road? This Devonport intersection is an often busy and rather tricky one, with a sharp bend, a downhill, and a pedestrian crossing to a school. In 2014, Auckland Transport was tasked with making the dangerous situation safer for everyone and for people on bikes in particular. After considering a roundabout, in May 2017 AT came up with a design featuring raised bike/walk crossings and dedicated bike lanes. Amazing progress! Sure, there were some pro forma grumbles from the Local Board about the cost, but something urgently needs to be done at this intersection …
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Yes, Ministers! Meet NZ’s new transport team

Yes, Ministers! Meet NZ's new transport teamThe ministerial portfolios were announced today – and, in charge of transport for the next term will be Phil Twyford (Labour MP for Te Atatu), Julie Anne Genter (Greens) as Associate Transport Minister, and Shane Jones (NZ First) as Associate Transport inside cabinet. Because a picture’s worth a thousand words, here are a couple of really eloquent pictures. We love it that at least 2/3 of our new transport team – maybe all of them – are super bike-savvy. And we love it that all three coalition parties are represented, given the significant overlaps in their visions for safer streets and more all-ages options for getting around. Of course, it’s not just …
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Dutch cycle roundabouts in Glen Innes?

Dutch cycle roundabouts in Glen Innes?Since we last blogged about the planned cycleways in Glen Innes, Auckland Transport has released detailed designs for the intersection improvements. They’re pretty advanced for New Zealand – our first ‘Dutch-style roundabouts’ – and we cover them in detail below. Feedback on this project closes Wednesday October 25th! We’re hearing there’s some spirited opposition to car parking removal on some of the roads, so these cycleways really need your support. Here’s the online form – and here’s what we’d say in response to the four feedback questions: 1. Would the Links to Glen Innes Cycleways encourage you to cycle more often in the area? Yes! Yep. Yessirree Bob. Darn tooting. Right? 2. What do you …
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We Voted Bike – and won a strong tail wind!

We Voted Bike – and won a strong tail wind!It’s official: the new government will be Labour-led with support from NZ First and backup from the Greens. And the policy overlaps of the coalition promise some big wins for a more bikeable Auckland, like… renewing the Urban Cycleways Programme investing in safe neighbourhood routes, especially to schools. (This was already Green Party policy; Bike Auckland actively encouraged Labour to embrace the idea as well, and we’re very glad they did!) adopting a Vision Zero approach to road safety, which puts people first support and dedicated funding for Skypath! It’s no coincidence that these are exactly the issues you helped us highlight via our VoteBike campaign in the run-up to the election, by asking candidates and …
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