Going round in circles at Royal Oak

Going round in circles at Royal OakAuckland Transport is consulting on an “upgrade” to the Royal Oak roundabout, which sits at the heart of what we in Bike Auckland call the “Bike Bermuda Triangle”: the central isthmus, woefully bereft of bikeways. This roundabout is notoriously hostile for people on bikes and only the bravest amongst us travel through it, whether commuting or just going to the shops. You’re braver than me. I’ve lived 500m from the Royal Oak roundabout for 20 years and I haven’t ridden on it once. I get off and walk using the pedestrian crossings. — shaun (@slow_tri_guy) December 12, 2018 Auckland Transport reports that this highly dangerous intersection has had 61 crashes in the …
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Albany: so much potential… so many gaps

Albany: so much potential… so many gapsThe Northern Corridor Improvement project will transform bike riding in Albany and the Upper Harbour area, NZTA is building 7km of shared path alongside the motorway from Oteha Valley Road to Constellation Drive and then up State Highway 18. This will *almost* link to a safe cycle route of 3.8km on Albany Highway. In this guest post, Anna Atkinson explains that although locals are truly lucky that this is happening, in order to really make the most of it, the NZTA, AT and the Local Board need to work together and “think network”, to improve the connections into the local areas. (Note: Anna is running for Upper Harbour Local Board) I …
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Biketober is back for 2019!

Biketober is back for 2019!Warmer weather and daylight saving… two weeks of school holidays and a three-day Labour Weekend… the sweet, sweet scent of spring in the air… hmmm… that sounds like BIKETOBER! And it’s back for 2019! What’s Biketober? Every October, we invite Aucklanders to dream up fun activities on wheels, all across the city, all month long. Festivity is the aim of the game. If it’s fun and it’s on wheels, it goes on the calendar. We want to highlight the way bikes enliven, empower, and enlighten our communities. Mostly, we just want you to have a blast on bikes! How does Biketober work? Biketober events are self-run, leaving unlimited capacity for …
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They came, they shopped, we saw: Buy-Cycle Te Atatu

They came, they shopped, we saw: Buy-Cycle Te AtatuA report from Carol Green on Bike Te Atatu’s highly effective Buy-Cycle campaign to highlight people on bikes as regular shoppers. Expect to see a lot more of this sort of thing! In March this year, Bike Te Atatu ran a photo competition, encouraging people to take photos of their local shopping trips by bike and upload them to social media using the hashtag #BuycycleTeAtatu all month long. All photos then became part of an exhibition at the Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre in the first two weeks of April, and winners were awarded prizes in the form of gift vouchers for local businesses. Our goal was to increase both the number …
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EEK! Why does EECA have an e-bike blind spot?

EEK! Why does EECA have an e-bike blind spot?This is a guest post by micromobility expert Oliver Bruce, who asks: why does the government fund for innovation in electric vehicles continue to have an e-bike-sized blind spot? A government grant programme aimed at reducing transport emissions by encouraging innovation in the uptake and use of electric vehicles has been running since 2017. So far, e-bikes haven’t been included under under the funding umbrella, but it’s long been hinted that would change. However, the funding criteria for the coming year have just been released – and e-bikes (as vehicles) aren’t included. Only bike storage/parking is eligible for the fund. Which makes no sense, because lack of parking isn’t the main barrier …
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Auckland’s first bicycle ride: 150 years ago today!

Auckland's first bicycle ride: 150 years ago today!Once upon a time – a century and a half ago, in fact – Auckland’s first bicycle ride took place, setting in motion a social and transport revolution that continues to this day. To celebrate this anniversary, we’ve made a timeline of some key highlights of Auckland’s first 150 years on bikes. Of course we know there are many more stories of our shared bike history to tell, and a lot more to come, so we’re all ears for your ideas. For today, please enjoy this panorama of some of the big moments along our journey so far, and some glimpses of what’s on the road ahead. The story of how …
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Let’s ramp up Skypath 2.0! Have your say on the landing designs before 4 September

Let's ramp up Skypath 2.0! Have your say on the landing designs before 4 SeptemberThe Transport Agency is looking for feedback on the landings at each end of the Auckland Harbour Bridge Shared Path (aka Skypath 2.0). Feedback is open until Wednesday 4 September. The “emerging design” proposes ramps at each end. Lifts and stairs have also been investigated, but are less desirable for a host of reasons. There’ll be more details to come, but for now we encourage you to say YES to the ramps. Let’s keep things simple, affordable, and eminently (and imminently) buildable – and show loud and clear we want this path built ASAP! Scroll down for the images and our take – and here are the crucial links for giving …
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