Flowing uphill with the pedestrians – Ian McKinnon Drive consultation

Flowing uphill with the pedestrians - Ian McKinnon Drive consultationHave you submitted yet on a great proposed bike project that could be a lot better for bikes if pedestrians (!) were given more space? Or maybe you are a pedestrian, and would love to see better walking conditions here? This is for you too! Go ahead – use Auckland Transport’s simple online form, and our simple request list (at right) to make it quick – or read our extended article below giving all the nitty gritty details. Consultation closes the 29th! Remember that cunning plan to lower the central city by 6m for people on bikes? Consultation is now open on a flatter link between the Northwestern Cycleway and Upper Queen St, with …
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The great northward commute on Great South Road

The great northward commute on Great South RoadGiulia Rodighiero bikes to town along what we at Bike Auckland think of as the ‘missing highway’ – from the south into the CBD. In this photo story, she shares the good, bad, and the ugly of her commute… I recently moved from Mt Albert to Manurewa, which changed my work commute to K’Rd from a relatively quick and safe 7km via the Northwestern cycleway, to a 24km trek through areas with almost no cycle infrastructure. Luckily, it’s easy to take my bike with me on the train to Newmarket, from where I ride to work. (I bring my bike because it’s much quicker, fun and cheaper to bike from Newmarket to work than …
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‘First do no harm’: why it’s time for Vision Zero NZ

'First do no harm': why it's time for Vision Zero NZSobering news: in August, New Zealand’s road fatality toll stands at 214 people killed on our roads so far this year, including 3 people who were just out riding their bikes, 15 pedestrians,10 children; 50 in Auckland alone… any way you slice the data, it’s still too many. And that’s not accounting for life-changing injury. What is an acceptable fatality rate, in a country our size? Think of a number – and then watch this. Vision Zero, an approach that began in Sweden and is being adopted around the world, flips the script. Instead of assuming a certain number of road deaths are inevitable, we could insist on none. We could refuse to accept the ‘road toll’ as some sort of fixed tax – or indeed, ‘toll’ – in exchange …
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Love Tamaki Drive? Let’s talk – over breakfast

Love Tamaki Drive? Let's talk - over breakfastDo you bike along Tamaki Drive? Do you have thoughts about it could be improved? We know there are plenty of people on bikes who are really passionate about this uniquely beautiful and busy Auckland route. So we’re starting a focus group, Bike Tamaki Drive, to gather views from the full glorious diversity of people who ride this road. We’re a community bunch, not affiliated to any council or transport agency, and we’ll also be working with our friends at Bike Auckland and the Bike Eastern Suburbs group. To start things off, please join us for breakfast – whether you use the road or prefer the shared-path, bike to work, or for pleasure. We’ll meet at Oaken …
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Bike Shore – a new group for Milford and Takapuna

Bike Shore - a new group for Milford and TakapunaAre you based in Takapuna or Milford? Do you bike around town… or wish you could? There’s a new local ‘bike burb’ group focussing on your area: Bike Shore, in the hands of the very capable Red and Claudia. They’re hosting a breakfast on Friday at the lovely Jam Organic Cafe, in the middle of the shops on Hurstmere Road, opening onto the Green. Friday 26 August 2016, 7am – 8.30am Pop along and say hello – it’s a chance to share thoughts about what’s currently happening for bikes in the area, and what could happen in future, especially once SeaPath and SkyPath are up and running. Given the impressive bike sheds …
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The Sunday Best Ride is back – be in quick!

The Sunday Best Ride is back - be in quick!After last year’s glorious debut ride through the central city, the Sunday Best Ride is heading further afield this year for another parade of gaiety, frivolity, and stylish bicycling. In tribute to NYC’s legendary 5 Boro Bike Tour, our 2016 ride will wind its way through five Local Board areas, along greenways and quiet streets and newly built safe routes – on a mostly flat 15km ride from Western Springs to Mangere Bridge. Get in quick: it’s a marshaled ride, so logistics means there are only 120 spots and no sales on the day. A $10 ticket will secure you a spot, and covers the light refreshments to start us off. As always, frock up and dress to impress. Tweed if …
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New blue bike parking – a moveable feast

New blue bike parking – a moveable feastBike parking is one of those things you don’t notice… unless it isn’t there (or it’s there, but kind of terrible). Asking ‘how do I get more and better bike parking in my neighbourhood?’ is how Jena first made contact with the local bike advocacy scene when she arrived in Auckland from Canada. (If that’s your first question too, read right through to the end of this post for useful info). One thing led to another, and now – as a member of the Walking and Cycling team at Auckland Transport – Jena has become something of a bike parking guru. You might have spotted the new blue parking racks in Britomart, as part of the …
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