Riding the trails these holidays? There’s an app for that

Riding the trails these holidays? There's an app for thatIf you’re heading to any of the Great Rides of the NZ Cycle Trail this summer, consider getting the Great Rides app. Billed as New Zealand’s only mobile app for all the Great Rides, it’s packed with information about the 22 trails and the services available along them. It also works offline, letting you track your progress in the saddle. And it’s free. The Great Rides app was launched last year by trail designer and cartographer Gary Patterson. Since then, Gary has added the Heaphy Track and other bonus trails, plus more than 100 individual trail section maps and descriptions. All up, the app now has more than 1500 pages …
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We asked, you answered: a survey about bikeways on Dominion Road

We asked, you answered: a survey about bikeways on Dominion RoadBack when we launched our petition to add bikeways to the light rail project on Dominion Road, we set up a survey to capture your experiences of – and hopes for – this key route through the heart of the isthmus. Many of you took the time to share your thoughts. Thanks to the help of data-viz whiz Mustafa Hasanbulli of Sandfield Associates, we can bring you some very interesting results. 1. Who answered the survey? First things first: this is not a statistically representative sample of all Aucklanders. Rather, it’s an informational survey that captures the thoughts of a range of people interested in cycling and Dominion Road. There …
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A petition for safety in Albany makes its way to AT – what next?

A petition for safety in Albany makes its way to AT – what next?After two deaths on Oteha Valley Road earlier this year, members of neighbourhood bike burb Bike Albany started a petition for urgent safety improvements. The petition drew a powerful chorus of support: 3000 signatures and the backing of the bereaved families, local schools, the local MP, and the Upper Harbour Local Board. (Read more here about the long-running push for safety on this road. In particular, the 2013 Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for Oteha Valley Road recommended comprehensive upgrades to protect people walking and cycling, but has been gathering dust ever since. As always, we invite AT to reread that CMP and Bike Auckland’s January 2014 submission in support, in …
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QUICK SUBMIT before 14 December – Grey Lynn needs YOU!

QUICK SUBMIT before 14 December – Grey Lynn needs YOU!If you do ONE thing this month for a bike-friendly city, make it this: support the Waitemata Safe Routes before Friday 14 December. It takes less than 5 minutes, is absolutely free, and you’ll be giving the gift of safe streets  – to the hundreds of kids who live and bike along these routes, to everyone else in the neighbourhood, and to all of Auckland. This is a HUGE turning point for Auckland – but victory is not yet guaranteed. Your support is vital. To make sure the project actually happens. There’s still loud opposition out there – so make your voice heard! So it’s the best it can be. …
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A T-shirt and a blast from the past: the Auckland Bicycle Association

A T-shirt and a blast from the past: the Auckland Bicycle AssociationOut of the blue came a photo, and a request. Theo Brandt had discovered a snap from the early 1980s of himself wearing a bike advocacy T-shirt. Theo’s question: if he could find a way to replicate this rad design, would we be able to help him get a fresh version printed up? Little did we know, this would lead us to connecting old friends and highlighting the hard work of a previous generation of cycling advocates. Because it turns out, when it comes to making Auckland better on a bike, truly we stand on the T-shirt shoulders of giants. Long before Bike Auckland, and before Cycle Action Auckland became Bike Auckland… …
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Party on: Lightpath Festival rides out the weather

Party on: Lightpath Festival rides out the weather‘We won’t melt’ was the catch cry at the second annual Lightpath Festival. While wind and rain warnings were lifted, the weather gods decided to bless Auckland’s official first day of summer with on-and-off showers. Not that this bothered everyone who showed up anyway. As they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather as long as you’re wearing the right gear. Luckily, the air was as warm as the mood, and the undercover Living Room (cheers, Barfoot and Thompson) and Beer Garden (bottoms up, Brothers Beer) provided perfect shelter from the odd shower, as did Mercury Plaza with its wonderful food stalls. You came from all over – including via …
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Downtown, Slowdown, Crosstown – What’s Up In The City Centre?

Downtown, Slowdown, Crosstown - What's Up In The City Centre?November and December are very busy months for all of us – including Council, Auckland Transport, and thus Bike Auckland. With so much going on, and limited time to take it all in, here’s a quick roundup of what’s happening in the City Centre. Downtown (& Quay Street) Ramped Up Auckland is embarking on an ambitious redevelopment programme for its central waterfront, between Princes Wharf and Commerce Street (just east of the Ferry Terminal). While many of these upgrades have been signalled for a while, Council has called for them to be in place for 2021 – in time for the 36th America’s Cup, the APEC Forum, and Te Matatini. …
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