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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Not raining on our parade

Not raining on our paradeThis winter has been extremely wet in Auckland – but the good news is that this hasn’t had much of an impact on the number of people cycling! Despite rain levels in Auckland being 150% (!) above normal, the September numbers on the 27 automatic counters around the city were substantially higher than the same month last year. At 14 regional count sites: 1.764 million cycle trips were recorded for the year of October 2016 to September 2017, an increase of 6.1% on the previous 12 months. 128,665 cycle trips were recorded in September 2017, an increase of 8.0% when compared to September 2016. At 13 city centre count sites: 1.774 million cycle trips were …
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Epic fail : the rise and fall of Auckland’s best value park’n’ride

Epic fail : the rise and fall of Auckland's best value park'n'rideThis is an update on the saddest public transport and biking story in town. I was tempted to call it ‘The life and death of Auckland’s only real park-and-ride for bikes’ with credit to my spiritual mentor, Jane Jacobs, but decided that was a bit dramatic. I live in Devonport where we have a wonderful regular ferry service to downtown. it goes hand in hand with fit-for-purpose parking that has grown in the past decade to 94 bike parking spots. Did I say 94 bike parks! Yes, sirree! This is the very best park’n’ride investment in the whole of Auckland. Until recently, most of the parking was also undercover, well …
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Meet the backroom gang that brought you the Waterview cycleway

Meet the backroom gang that brought you the Waterview cyclewayCongratulations to the big crowd who arrived on bikes to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Waterview Shared Path. What a momentous day for NZ’s most ground-breaking cycling project! It was great to see the Albert-Eden Local Board’s Margi Watson in wide-smile mode and on the podium. She has been an impressive spokesperson and leader for years for the Waterview/Owairaka/ New Windsor communities confronted by the Waterview Road of National Significance (RoNS) project; an outstanding role model for any local board member serving an apprenticeship for a local board role. (You can read Margi’s excellent speech here). How we got here As I wrote yesterday’s blog post on the East …
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Biting the bullet for better outcomes: on the East-West RoNS

Biting the bullet for better outcomes: on the East-West RoNSWe’re a pretty tight team in Bike Auckland; a close collaboration of talents and interests. I’m very lucky to be at the centre of the team, orchestrating our work. Since the arrival of our inspirational contract staff,  Communications Manager, Jolisa Gracewood, and Events/Partnerships Manager, Olivia Lynch, I feel I am either sitting in the audience, applauding Jolisa’s and Olivia’s creativity and achievements, or on a significant event like our recent AGM taking centre- stage to conduct the proceedings. My years of work as a RMA planning consultant have taught me to value mediation and negotiation. They’re useful in our Bike Auckland work as sometimes we’re faced with opportunities to work …
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Waterview Path – First Hoon!

Waterview Path – First Hoon!After the Waterview Shared Path is officially opened to the public Friday 6 October, Bike Auckland is organising a cruisy evening ride – so you can be (among) the first to ride the new path! This is the best kind of Friding ever. Meet up on the Northwestern Cycleway after work, at 5:30pm. The ride should take about half an hour, even with exciting stops and starts at the sights along the way, including the three new bridges. Facebook event here (or just roll up on the evening)!
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All cycleways lead to Glen Innes Town Centre…

All cycleways lead to Glen Innes Town Centre...…at least, they do in this current consultation by Auckland Transport, which focuses on making it much easier and safer to ride between the surrounding areas of Stonefields, St John and Point England to Glen Innes. A veritable octopus of protected cycleways radiate from the town centre and train station, bringing the area to life for regular bike access. This is one of the last projects in the 2015-2018 Urban Cycleways Programme. After some high level ‘what would you love to see’ public consultations, and discussions with key stakeholders like the local board and ourselves, this is the first public view of the proposed routes and cycleway layouts to be built. …
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Bike AKL AGM: an Awesomely Good Meet-up!

Bike AKL AGM: an Awesomely Good Meet-up!All are welcome to the Bike Auckland AGM on Thursday 28 September 2017, in the gorgeous freshly refurbished Ellen Melville Hall on Freyberg Place (between O’Connell and High Street). The order of business, as with each AGM: what we’ve achieved in the last year, what we plan for the next year and of course, the (re)election of officers. Thursday 28 September 2017 Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Place Programme: 6:00-6:45pm There’s a special pre-event reception for Bike Auckland Members/VIP guests, with drinks & nibbles, downstairs in the Kathryn Yates room. This is your chance to mingle with each other and the core crew before we get down to business. (Not a …
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Vita’s vision: a kid’s eye view from the bike seat

Vita's vision: a kid's eye view from the bike seatBikes and kids go together like, well, kids and bikes. Every kid who rides knows the feeling of mastery it gives you; and every adult knows that part of the fun of riding a bike is that it makes you feel like a kid again. And what we all share is a sense of joyful simplicity. At its best, riding a bike is as close as you can get to the way you fly in dreams. So we were overjoyed to be contacted by 12 year old Vita with a video she’d put together about exactly that (with a little help from her dad). Watch for a moment and savour …
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Pumped! The story of the Grey Lynn Pump Track

Pumped! The story of the Grey Lynn Pump TrackLike bees to a honey pot they come – to the new pump track in Grey Lynn Park! After school and all weekend long, kids of all ages and sizes, round and round, and up and down, a perpetual motion machine on wheels. The mayor himself gave it a go – in a suit, no less – when opening the Grey Lynn Greenway. We also have it on authority that sometimes, long after bedtime, you can hear dads on bikes out there whooping it up in the dark. The track was the brainchild of two Grey Lynn dads: Paul Wacker, a business coach, and Scott Kuegler, an adventure guide, who are both raising …
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Here comes Biketober!

Here comes Biketober!Longer days, warmer weather, holidays galore – October is the perfect time to break out your bikes. And BIKETOBER gives you the perfect excuse… dozens of ’em, in fact! Brought to you by Bike Auckland, BIKETOBER is an annual celebration of community on wheels.  We’ve put the call out for bike fun all over Auckland in October, and gathered it into one handy calendar. The result: a bunch of great reasons to get your bike out and go for it, all month long!  Local rides & tours• fix-it days • bike ballet • have-a-go events • free coffee stops • beers on bikes • learn to ride • bike breakfast • more! There’s something for everyone. …
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Bridge clip-ons: giving bikes an edge on Tamaki Drive

Bridge clip-ons: giving bikes an edge on Tamaki DriveAs you will probably have read in our Tamaki Drive jubilation blog, a lot of big decisions are currently being made on cycleways in the Orakei area. Hot on the (w)heels of the decision that Tamaki Drive between Solent Street and Ngapipi Road would get a proper, protected two-way cycleway on the north side, AT have now opened consultation on two other items, both closing 8th October. The last section of Stage 4 of the route from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive (see blog post here), and The new Ngapipi Bridge (which, despite the name, is the outlet bridge on Tamaki Drive just west of Ngapipi). Please consider giving feedback …
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A boardwalk for Ngapipi – Section 4 of the Eastern Path

A boardwalk for Ngapipi - Section 4 of the Eastern PathAs you will probably have read in our Tamaki Drive jubilation blog, a lot of big decisions are currently being made on cycleways in the Orakei area. Hot on the (w)heels of the decision that Tamaki Drive between Solent Street and Ngapipi Road would get a proper, protected two-way cycleway on the north side, AT have now opened consultation on two other items, both closing 8th October. The last section of Stage 4 of the route from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive, and The new Ngapipi Bridge (which, despite the name, is the outlet bridge on Tamaki Drive just west of Ngapipi) – see blog post on that here. Please …
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It’s time to Vote Bike!

It's time to Vote Bike!With advance voting now open, we’re delighted to launch VOTE BIKE 2017 – a one-stop shop to help you compare party and candidate policies around cycling.  Click the big pink button to get started! Questions? Check out the FAQ – and see below for a quick overview of what we did, and why. WHY VOTE BIKE? Cycling policy probably isn’t the only thing on your mind this election. But, even as the major parties approach consensus on bike-friendly cities as a Good Thing, there are still big differences in how they plan to get there… and how fast. And those differences may affect your party vote, as well as your candidate vote. …
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Tamaki Drive is a winner!

Tamaki Drive is a winner!If you managed to make it to last Thursday evening’s event, you will already have heard the headline news: Tamaki Drive’s future cycleway design between Solent Street and Ngapipi Rd has gotten a major boost in quality. In a stunning turnaround, after a consultation in which we (and many of over 600 submitters!) expressed grave concerns about the orginal design, Auckland Transport has decided that the changes proposed by Bike Auckland make sense. AT essentially adopted Bike AKL’s Quality Option. YOU DID IT!  We’ll be able to go into more depth soon,* but for now, here are the highlights – hold on to your handlebars… As we strongly pushed for, …
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