Why Bike AKL can’t support the design for the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route [Updated]

Why Bike AKL can't support the design for the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route [Updated]AT has just opened consultation for new cycleway works on Tamaki Drive, from The Strand to Ngapipi Road – to create a link for people on bikes from the (in-progress) Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive cycleway, to the Quay St cycleway. As such, it’s a crucial connection. However, for reasons we explain below – and to our own disappointment – we cannot support the proposed design, because it puts a significant proportion of Tamaki Drive bike travellers at serious risk, while not really raising standards for the new riders. Especially when there is an alternative that is safer. TL; DR: The proposed design isn’t great – and will be actively dangerous for a large group of existing …
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Auckland to share the bikeshare love?

Auckland to share the bikeshare love?An exciting announcement today, via the Minister of Transport: Auckland Transport, with the support of NZTA, is moving forward with a feasibility study for a bikeshare scheme for central Auckland! (Christchurch is on the cards too, but naturally our eye is drawn to our city). Says AT’s Kathryn King: By the end of next year we will have completed a number of vital links for people travelling into and around the city centre by bike. This, combined with international evidence that cycle share schemes work when they are done right, mean that now is the perfect time to begin these investigations. The feasibility report is expected around the end of September, …
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Get into our new gear at the Big Bike Film Night!

Get into our new gear at the Big Bike Film Night!Heading to the Big Bike Film Night this week? Say hello to the Bike Auckland crew at the theatre entrance – we’ve got stickers and badges and bells, and will also be modeling our fabulous new T-shirts…  …which you, too, can now order from our brand new online shop! Get your hands on our gear here!  Heaps of styles and sizes and colours, with something for (pretty much) every body and (pretty much) every kind of bike. And if you don’t see something you like, check the FAQs for how to get in touch for a special order. Wear your enthusiasm for a more bikeable city on your sleeve (and your front), in the confidence that you’re sending a little bit …
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A new link to New Lynn – take Seabrook Ave into town!

A new link to New Lynn - take Seabrook Ave into town!Auckland Transport is seeking feedback on cycling improvements in New Lynn. Feedback is open until Sunday 21 May 2017 – use the big blue button on the project page, or this direct link. This is the first project out of the gate in response to last year’s area-wide consultation, which revealed a huge local demand for safer cycling links in New Lynn and Avondale. The proposed wider cycle network that will (eventually) emerge from that exercise is here: New-Lynn-proposed-network-map [PDF] And this is the section that’s currently funded and being consulted on for construction: The main part of the project is a new cycleway along the berm on Seabrook Ave between Willerton and Margan Ave, which …
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What price safety in Devonport?

What price safety in Devonport?It’s the gateway to Devonport; it’s a busy intersection traversed by people of all ages, on foot, on bikes, and in cars en route to school, work, shops and ferry; and it’s well overdue for fixing. So why is the Victoria Rd and Calliope Rd improvement project suddenly attracting a bit of drama? What’s causing the Local Board to quibble over a major local street improvement that makes things safer for children and families en route to Devonport Primary and St Leo’s Primary or the same people and elderly people crossing Calliope Rd and Victoria Rd to reach the village and the ferry? It couldn’t just be that the design includes a bike lane… could it?? Here’s …
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May the Bike Breakfast be with you!

May the Bike Breakfast be with you!This month’s Bike Breakfast happens on…. Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth be with you! We meet at Scarecrow Kitchen (corner of Victoria and Kitchener St) from 7:30am on Thursday 4 May. All welcome – you don’t even have to arrive by bike. It’s been quite a month for Jedi mind powers: rain is not the cyclist’s friend at the best of times, and April provided new, sometimes biblical, definitions of a damp ride. We’d love to hear your first-hand accounts of how to prepare, how to stay dry, how to dodge the showers or just give yourself over to them, and how to dry off afterwards. Bike Auckland also has a couple of classic blogs …
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The Big Bike Film Night is back – and it’s bigger and better!

The Big Bike Film Night is back - and it's bigger and better!A night at the movies, especially for us! That’s the promise of the Big Bike Film Night: a cinematic feast, united by the humble bicycle. A sold-out success last year, the BBFN is rolling back into Auckland in mid-May. If you were lucky enough to catch last year’s screening, you know what to expect: an exhilarating and inspirational compilation of short films that capture the many ways our wheels move us. Whatever your particular bike angle, it’s catered for. And you’ll be amazed by how involving the stories are simply as stories – about people, just doing their thing on bikes. And here’s some great news: this year features more screenings and even more delights than ever. Curator Brett …
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Bike-friendly tech & tech-friendly bikes: a letter from Silicon Valley

Bike-friendly tech & tech-friendly bikes: a letter from Silicon ValleyAlison Paulin is an Aucklander and long-time member of Bike Auckland/ Cycle Action Auckland. She shares her experience over the last few years promoting two-wheeled transport technology in the heart of the global HQ for information technology – sparking some interesting comparisons with how we do things here… I’ve been living in San Jose, California for three years now, and began working for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) soon after I moved here. I went along to volunteer – and ended up with a part-time paid job managing their valet bicycle parking services. Silicon Valley refers to the valley that (when it has water in it) flows into the San Francisco Harbour, …
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Pt Chev by the numbers: looking forward

Pt Chev by the numbers: looking forwardAs a Pt Chev local, I’m excited about the proposed bike lanes (NB feedback closes 23 April – have your say here). We’re a ‘bikie’ family: we bike to to school, the shops, the library, the dairy, music lessons, local parks, MOTAT, the zoo, to the doctor, the butcher, the baker. We use the NW cycleway for fresh air and to visit cuzzies, and two of us regularly ride to the city and back for work. We also walk, bus, and drive to all of those places, which makes for a pretty rounded perspective on what it’s like to move around the ‘hood in different ways, at different times of day. The first thing you notice is that Pt Chev …
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Tumeke to move – new home wanted!

Tumeke to move - new home wanted!The wonderful “let’s fix it together” volunteers at Tumeke Cycle Space are looking for a new home. Their current location in Newton, shared with the Tangleball makerspace collective on Edinburgh Street, is slated for sale. Tumeke’s Alex Raichev says they’re looking for a space roughly the size of a double garage, preferably with street-level access and a storage area for spare parts and wounded bicycles. Ideally it will be free or cheap, and reasonably central – say, five kilometres from the Aotea Centre. Tumeke’s community bicycle workshop is currently open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and on Sunday afternoons, and Alex says they’re open to sharing space with people working complementary hours. Got a space …
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Bike to the future – taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanes

Bike to the future - taking the long view on the Pt Chev bike lanesPart 1 in a short series on the planned walking and biking improvements for Pt Chevalier. Feedback closes Sunday 23 April – read about the proposal here, and have your say ASAP!  I love Pt Chev for many reasons – not least, because it’s literally got a point: it’s a near-perfect triangle, about as wide as it is tall, leading to a tree-clad promontory into the harbour. I love that you can walk it end to end in half an hour, or dip in and out of the cul-de-sacs to rack up your 10,000 steps. I love the way local kids can learn all the streets. I love the grey herons and magpies who shout at each other in …
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Every little bit adds up – Saul’s ten years of biking

Every little bit adds up – Saul's ten years of bikingSaul Parkinson looks back on a decade of biking to work, crunches the numbers, and peers into the future… Small individual actions can seem insignificant, unless we take a more long term view. As February 2017 rolled around, I realised I’ve been commuting daily by bike for 10 years now! So, 10 years…that must be a few k’s, right? I did some quick sums and came up with some random numbers: 4000+ rides 35,000 km travelled 1 time caught in a hailstorm 2 grazed knees / bruised egos (achieved all by myself, care of 2 misjudged curbs) $15,000 saved in bus tickets, or $20,000 in parking costs (let alone car & petrol costs …
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Photo of the week: Self-portrait

Photo of the week: Self-portraitSelf-portrait [noun]: a portrait of oneself, made by oneself This week’s image comes to us from Carl Wells, aka @djfriendlyman on Instagram, who explains how it came to be created… There’s no better excuse for a cycling adventure than a birthday! As well as regularly biking to work, I race for Team Webscope and normally ride around 12 hours a week on my Giant TCR, with a training plan from Grit Coaching. What would be a bit of fun and totally different than my usual training rides? Strava-art! Strava is a popular app for cyclists which tracks your route with GPS. So the challenge is to design a route which, when uploaded, looks awesome. My first …
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All cycleways are not created equal: or, when to say yeah-nah

All cycleways are not created equal: or, when to say yeah-nahSimon Wilson at The Spinoff has written a cracker of a piece about the East-West Link, the Onehunga roading project currently facing a Board of Inquiry at the Environment Court to see if it will be allowed to be fast-tracked. Of the extremely large number of public submissions (you can see the analysis here), the vast majority (85%) oppose the plan. Simon’s article is a pretty great round-up of why. Among other things, the projected $1.85bn budget could go a long way towards all sorts of other transport projects that would help Auckland, including the rail and bus network. Or imagine, for example, investing that same sum in a cogent network of connected cycleways, protected bike lanes, wide smooth footpaths, and traffic-calmed safer streets in …
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Time for Bike Breakfast – Thursday 6 April

Time for Bike Breakfast - Thursday 6 AprilApril showers bring… super bike powers? It certainly felt that way biking down Lightpath and Nelson St with the Mayor on Monday! After showing him the morning bike people pouring into the CBD, we gave him a taste of the smoothest commute in town. And if it’s a new month, it must be time for the monthly Bike Breakfast… When: Thursday 6 April from 7:30am to 9-ish Where: Scarecrow Kitchen on the corner of Kitchener & Victoria Street in the CBD. As always, everyone is warmly welcome – and no need to arrive by bike. It’s absolutely free – just bring an appetite for great bike chat, good company, and fine coffee. See you there!
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