Cycling Without Age comes to Point Chevalier

Cycling Without Age comes to Point ChevalierOne of our most popular posts of all time was about the arrival in Auckland of Cycling Without Age, an international movement that connects volunteer ‘pilots’ with retirement villages, bringing together younger cyclists and elderly people through the love of cycling. Using an electric bike-trishaw, CWOA allows less-mobile residents to enjoy fresh air while exploring the neighbourhood, reactivating memories of childhood bike adventures, and creating new friendships. So far, Auckland’s sole CWOA outpost has been in Browns Bay on the North Shore. Now, Greer Rasmussen is bringing Cycling Without Age to Selwyn Village in Point Chevalier, and will be launching it at a Bike Carnival in the village on Sunday March …
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A Star Ride for the Inner West

A Star Ride for the Inner WestHave you ever seen tens of thousand people on bikes all riding towards one spot? Since 1977, it’s has happened annually in Berlin, Germany, as part of the biggest ‘Radsternfahrt’ (‘Star Ride’) in the world. Starting from all directions of the compass on over a dozen routes, thousands upon thousands of people converge on the centre of Berlin, to celebrate biking and call for better bike infrastructure. Some riders come from as far as Poland – 150 km away! – though most are just everyday folks and families from the surrounding suburbs. These days, there are so many eager participants that several city motorways are partly closed during the event …
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Bike to the Future – for Grey Lynn and beyond!

Bike to the Future - for Grey Lynn and beyond!Bike to the Future on Saturday 17th February at 10am is a community ride around Grey Lynn organized by our friends at Generation Zero. The idea is to showcase the huge local potential once the safe bike routes are completed – by giving people a chance to experience the routes as they currently are, winding past the schools and shops, and to imagine them as they might be. It’s the perfect chance to show that there are lots of very real people and families, in this neighbourhood and neighborhoods like it, who just want greener ways to travel, safer streets, and better connected biking for all of our communities. And it’s …
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Quickblog: Sideways to Takanini

Quickblog: Sideways to TakaniniThe one-sentence version: we campaigned for – and won! – an extra access point for the new Southern Cycleway, and your feedback is now welcome until Friday 9 February. While we’ve been discussing high-profile bike projects through highly visible parts of town, other bikeways are being quietly gotten on with as part of large roading projects, and are moving on without much noise or fuss. One example is a shared path along State Highway 1 between Takanini and Papakura, the first stage of what will eventually be the South’s equivalent to the Northwestern Cycleway. This bikeway is being built by NZTA as part of their Southern Corridor Improvements project. It is …
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Auckland Transport’s draft budget ‘a major back-pedal’

Auckland Transport’s draft budget 'a major back-pedal'MEDIA STATEMENT 25 January 2018 – for immediate release Bike Auckland is deeply concerned that Auckland Transport is considering a draft budget for 2018-2028 that would dramatically cut investment in making our city’s streets safer for cycling and walking. Slashing the walking and cycling budget by 90% would slam the brakes on Auckland’s bike renaissance, a citywide phenomenon that has been growing for half a decade thanks to new, safe and connected bike paths. Cycling has taken off in Auckland, to the benefit of all: for example, trips on the Northwestern Cycleway are rising 20% year on year, with most of these peak hour trips that would otherwise jam the motorway. Bikes also now …
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Seeing the forest *and* the trees on Quay St

Seeing the forest *and* the trees on Quay StHaving ended 2017 with a story about cycleway opposition in Grey Lynn, we hoped to start the New Year with more positive news – and indeed, works finally began a couple of days ago on the next section of the Quay St cycleway. As you know, Tamaki Drive into the city is Auckland’s busiest bike route (which may make it New Zealand’s busiest?) – with 43,000 trips in November, and growing. But currently the 1000+ Aucklanders who bike along this route daily are forced to choose between braving the roadway (busy with port traffic, buses, and cars), or sharing the footpath with pedestrians. The existing Quay St cycleway – a two-way …
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All Quiet on the West Lynn Front?

All Quiet on the West Lynn Front?Please take a second to support this quick-click petition to ensure that Auckland Transport and the Local Board know there’s heaps of support for livelier, lovelier neighbourhoods – in Grey Lynn and beyond. Decades from now, we’ll look back on 2017 and say: that’s when it changed. That’s when Auckland reclaimed its urban mojo, stared the data squarely in the face, looked afresh at the vast swathes of tarmac that criss-cross our city… and got back on its bike. It was the numbers, we’ll say. A sudden rise on the automatic counters along Auckland’s bike paths, well in advance of the usual late summer spike. A ‘network effect’ as newly …
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London’s FreeCycle – the key to the city on wheels

London's FreeCycle - the key to the city on wheelsLinda Wong and family stumbled across London’s iconic FreeCycle bike festival while on holiday earlier this year. With the Auckland summer approaching, it’s time to wonder once again why Auckland hasn’t caught the worldwide citywide open-streets circuit-ride bug yet? Sure, there are logistical and budget issues with closing streets for through-traffic for a few hours for a Ciclovia or Summer Streets event – but the joy it creates is priceless. Will 2018 be the year Auckland really gets it? What do you reckon, Mayor Phil?  On a drizzly, overcast day in July, we set off on some hired bikes with 70,000 other cyclists to enjoy a car-free cycling circuit around central London. …
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In the wake of tragedy: Vision Zero for Te Atatu Peninsula

In the wake of tragedy: Vision Zero for Te Atatu PeninsulaFriend of Bike Auckland (and former committee member) Bryce Pearce has been mulling over the tragedy in Te Atatu Rd last week, in the light of long-running attempts by the local community to make this stretch of road safer for everyone. This post also appears on his blog, the Orewa Urbanist.  I’ve written and deleted this post a few times since Thursday evening’s tragic death of John Bonner on Te Atatu Road. Now, we do not know how events unfolded, so I’m not interested in arguing the finer points. (Editorial note: and with the crash still under investigation it wouldn’t be appropriate to speculate on the details, so please, let’s not.) …
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Bikes, what bikes? These bikes!

Bikes, what bikes? These bikes!In a week where a few people were noisily skeptical about cycleways, it was exciting to get our hands on the November automatic bike trip data. We knew the city centre counts would most likely be up a bit: new connections (notably Nelson St through to Fanshawe/ Market Place), fantastic weather, a big old festival, and that grab-and-go bikeshare experiment. We knew there’d be a bump – but we didn’t quite expect a spike like this! Can we call it the Mike spike, or the Hosking curve? Or as one wag on Twitter suggested, it looks like a classic ‘hockey stick’ graph… a hosking stick? As always, the numbers are …
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Sometimes it’s personal (it’s always personal)

Sometimes it's personal (it's always personal)A good friend of Bike Auckland got skittled on Onewa Road on Wednesday night. He’s okay – well, he’s alive and recovering. The shock of the incident led to a conversation within our team that we wanted to share with you, below. And then came the tragic news of a car vs bike fatality on Te Atatu Rd on Thursday evening, which made it all the more horribly relevant. We are absolutely heartbroken for everyone involved, and for our Bike Te Atatu whanau who have worked so hard over so many years to try and make changes to prevent exactly this from happening. Every time an Aucklander – a family member, …
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Bike AKL T-shirts for summer fun!

Bike AKL T-shirts for summer fun!Lots of people asked about our T-shirts at Lightpath Festival. Here’s a quick reminder that you can wear your heart on your sleeve – or front or even tote bag – via our online shop! We have a range of shapes and styles and colours and sizes, including super-cute little kids’ tees with little bikes on. It’s a great way to share your enthusiasm for a more bike-friendly city wherever you go – and a small portion of each purchase goes to Bike Auckland so we can get on with the work while you get out and ride. Check out the FAQs here. DELIVERY NOTE UPDATE: Digitees have advised any new orders will ship …
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Here comes the Northern Cycleway – with bonus East-West links!

Here comes the Northern Cycleway - with bonus East-West links!How’s this for an early Christmas present for people on the Shore? A major motorway project – the last link of the Western Ring Route – will now bring considerably improved connectivity for people on bikes and on foot, thanks to sustained and substantial work by the Bike Auckland team.  In particular, our North Shore infrastructure liaison Steve Southall was an absolute star at the recent Board of Inquiry (BOI) hearing into the SH1/SH18 Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI), whose decision is now complete. Below, Steve explains Bike Auckland’s influence on the outcome, and how the path and the improvements we advocated for will transform the Albany Basin for people who want to …
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Lightpath Festival a smashing start to summer

Lightpath Festival a smashing start to summerOn a glorious Saturday evening, thousands of Aucklanders and visitors took over Te Ara i Whiti, the pink path, and spilled out into the streets for a block party with bells on – and it was beautiful. In lieu of a thousand words, here’s a link to our Facebook photo album, and you can also scroll to the end of this page for a slide show of moments from the day. So many wonderful people played a part, and we’re keen to thank them all. (If we’ve missed someone below, please let us know!) Firstly, a huge thanks to all our sponsors, without whom! As presenting sponsors, Barfoot & Thompson gave us …
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Meet our partners: Cityhop car share

Meet our partners: Cityhop car shareWait, what’s a car doing in our feature spot? Well, as part of our new membership benefits, we’re partnering with local bike shops and other merchants to bring special discounts and exclusive opportunities to everyone who becomes a Bike Auckland member. One of the wonderful businesses backing bike advocacy in your city offers a new way to think about personal transport. What if you didn’t have to own a car, but could use one whenever you liked? And what if that car came with a bike rack so you could get further afield on two wheels? That’s the Cityhop proposition – and we even hear Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Center is a fan! …
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