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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The K Road Project Insider: The Design Champion

The K Road Project Insider: The Design ChampionJust as the Karangahape Road enhancement project gets rolling, one of its most prominent advocates is heading out the back door. Ludo Campbell-Reid, Auckland’s Design Champion since 2006, is taking his transformative approach to city design to Melbourne’s Wyndham Council. Before he left, he talked to Ross Inglis about why K Road matters. Excerpts from a wide-ranging interview: The role of the Auckland Design Office, the unit of Auckland Council led by Ludo, in enhancing K Road: We get involved in projects at many different stages. A project may be already three years old when it reaches us; you can’t always choose your moment. So you have to grab whatever …
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Being part of the solution: one commuter’s tale

Being part of the solution: one commuter's taleWe always welcome your stories of the bike life in Auckland. Here, Bike Auckland member and regular rider Rik Bruce – who recently hit the news when he captured some horrific red-light running – tells the story of his everyday bike commute, why he prefers to pedal for his 60km round trip to work, and the insight and benefits he’s enjoyed.  Over the years, many negative cycling-related stories have attracted attention, a good (bad) example being last year’s misleading article about the numbers used to secure funding for cycle paths. Talkback radio hosts piled on, whipping their listeners into a froth, followed by the media columnists jumping on perceived government/council …
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Time to gee up GI to Tamaki Drive!

Time to gee up GI to Tamaki Drive!Thanks to everyone for your comments on Charmaine’s blog post about “ghost cycleways”, and the subsequent discussions on our Facebook page and others. I can see you share Bike Auckland’s hunger to ride the whole of Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive, from Merton Rd to Tamaki Drive. We’re been waiting since 2015, and still less than half of it is built! What’s going on? Spurred on by your support, I asked AT and NZTA to update the project website – and to commit to starting dates for Stages 2 and 4, and a completion date for the whole project. Imagine my horror when this was posted on the project website on 16 …
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Quickblog – Works at the Canada Street end of Lightpath

Quickblog - Works at the Canada Street end of LightpathA quick heads up for all the Lightpath riders: NZTA is planning a number of changes to where the “snaky bridge” part of Lightpath joins onto Canada Street (at the southern end of Lightpath). There have been several severe incidents at this location – with riders colliding with others, including some cases with serious injuries requiring hospital care. There’s a number of factors that have played into the incidents and regular near misses here – lack of forward visibility due to fences around the curves, an utility shed blocking line of sight, rider speeds being too high to for the conditions, and a bollard* in the way. The proposed changes …
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Sunset Road, are you meeting your Target (Road)s?

Sunset Road, are you meeting your Target (Road)s?Horrible puns aside, there’s something planned for where Sunset Road meets Target Road in the Totara Vale part of the Shore. And in the developing tradition of Auckland Transport’s proposals of the last couple of years, the proposals are a mixed bag of good and bad. Sunset Road and Target Road / Caribbean Drive are larger collector roads through the middle of this Auckland residential suburb, leading to the surrounding arterial roads, motorways and, increasingly, busways and new cycleways. The current roundabout is designed for capacity and (relatively) high speeds, and is painfully unpleasant for pedestrians, with crossings over the approach arms being mere suggestions, rather than actual facilities – …
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The K Road Project Insider: the Planner

The K Road Project Insider: the PlannerThe Karangahape Road enhancement project is finally underway. It’s good news not just because the new-look K Road will be the heart of Auckland’s emerging cycling network and will deliver much more than cycle lanes, but also because it has been free of much of the public rancour that has accompanied similar projects. For a look at what goes on inside a high-profile road transformation, Ross Inglis spoke with project insider Kit McLean: Bike Auckland: Tell us about your role on the K Road enhancement project. Kit: My role was client representative; my background is planning and my job was to make sure that what was then the cycling team …
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