Chasing the safe cycling mirage around the Airport: time to rethink 

Chasing the safe cycling mirage around the Airport: time to rethink “As a Vision Zero region, Auckland Transport wants to make sure everyone gets home safely.” It’s heartwarming to read these words in AT’s press release about the Home Free Christmas travel offer, and we expect to see the same commitment at the heart of every one of AT’s road projects. But in the rush towards Christmas, we’ve found a glaring gap… Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi/ the NZ Transport Agency are currently consulting on two projects in the Southwest Gateway Programme planned for completion by 2021: 20Connect (an NZTA project) and Stage 1 of Airport to Botany (A2B) Rapid Transit (an AT project). This forms part of a major strategic network of …
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AT upping the game on East Coast Road

AT upping the game on East Coast RoadAuckland Transport is consulting on a major upgrade for East Coast Road (between Oteha Valley Road and Glenvar Road), including two main intersections, as well as upgrades for Glenvar Road. Feedback is open until Sunday 8 December 2019. This project is worth supporting strongly – and we’d love you to help us ask AT to fix one glaring gap. Scroll to the bottom of this post for our feedback guide, or read on for the details. The context When we talked a few months ago about our hopes for AT’s new Transport Design Manual, our enthusiasm was tempered by wondering: how much of this will actually appear in reality? We know all …
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Summer riding nearing completion for two new cycleways!

Summer riding nearing completion for two new cycleways!This post is short and sweet, because good news speaks for itself – and because we know you love maps! We have a couple of smart women in Waka Kotahi/ NZ Transport Agency to thank for leading the way, by providing maps that show how to bike to the two big cycleway projects the Agency is opening this summer. Firstly: the extension of the Northwestern Cycleway from Lincoln Rd to Westgate – which opens officially at 11am on Thursday 19th December with an official ribbon-cutting by Minister Phil Twyford at Royal Road School. (Bike Henderson, our local Bike Burb, is organising a group ride to the opening – keep an …
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Support the Te Whau Pathway resource consent!

Support the Te Whau Pathway resource consent!Ever wanted to ride from the Waitemata harbour to the Manukau harbour on a protected path surrounded by wildlife and waterways, in less than an hour? “Impossible!” you say, rolling your eyes, “and definitely, DEFINITELY, not in car-obsessed Auckland.” Well, just wait. Because Te Whau Pathway – along with Skypath and Seapath – is going to be one of Auckland’s key destination rides. In the guest post below, Bike Te Atatu’s Melanie Dixon, Simone Bähr, and Carol Green explain why we should all support the resource consent for this great project – and how to have your say. QUICK FEEDBACK GUIDE Submissions on the Te Whau Pathway resource consent are open …
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Time to make the point about healthy streets: the Pt Chev Streetscape project

Time to make the point about healthy streets: the Pt Chev Streetscape projectThe Pt Chevalier Streetscape, which has been waiting in the wings for a while, is back out for consultation with a refined design. Public feedback is welcome until Friday 20 December. Auckland Transport’s project page is here, and a letterbox drop is on the way out to the neighbourhood. We are very happy to support this design, and strongly encourage you to do so as well. Please tell AT what you like, what you’d improve, and any other suggestions and thoughts. All going well, we could see a great local example of Healthy Streets under way in the coming year and completed in 2021, featuring better biking, walking, and streamlined bus travel for …
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Quickblog: Better paths for Mount Roskill War Memorial Park

Quickblog: Better paths for Mount Roskill War Memorial ParkIf you have the luck to live or bike through the Puketapapa Local Board area, you will already know that foresighted investment over the last decades has created a network of local neighbourhood walking and cycling paths that many other suburbs around Auckland still only aspire to. In addition to the main spine of the bikeway along SH20, there is a somewhat less direct – but even more pleasant – parallel network through several reserves and local streets in the Mount Roskill Area, including through Mount Roskill War Memorial Park. For Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, Council is currently consulting on a new future plan. The plan includes: Developing a …
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A new player arrives in the bike infrastructure market

A new player arrives in the bike infrastructure marketOne of the less obvious indicators of the health of cycling is the emergence of new suppliers to the infrastructure market. The latest of these is RTL, which has provided road signs and traffic safety equipment in this country for more than 25 years. Two months ago it launched the American Saris range of public pumps, bike repair stands and other infrastructure here. Bike Auckland welcomes RTL to the party, not least because it has partnered with us as an advertiser on this website. We asked the RTL team to background their move into cycling infrastructure: How do you describe the market for public bike repair stands and public pumps?  …
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