Watch out for works out west

Watch out for works out westIf you ride along Scenic Drive, Atkinson Road, Huia Road, Piha Road and other roads in the Waitakere Ranges, be aware that there will be lane closures and other works in the area over the next few months. Network builder Visionstream is working with Chorus to build the ultrafast broadband network in the Waitakere Ranges. It says there will be signage up at affected areas a week before works begin. Visionstream suggests keeping an eye out for them and considering alternative routes. It also apologises for any inconvenience created by the works.All road surfaces will be reinstated to council standards once the cabling work has been completed. Questions? Ping Visionstream’s …
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2018: A Year in Review

2018: A Year in ReviewWell, nobody can say 2018 was a dull year for cycling in Auckland. It featured a few big victories, some typical setbacks, and some unexpected happenings, both good and bad. And above all, biking to grow in momentum, diversity, and style, and give us all a lot of joy. So here’s to 2018! Let’s scroll through the calendar and capture some of the highlights… It was a heated start to the year: we’d only started our summer holidays when news arrived that works on the Quay Street Stage II bikeway expansion had been (temporarily) halted by protesters, As we explained in a blog post and an article for The Spinoff, …
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Onzo gets an upgrade – and it’s all good

Onzo gets an upgrade – and it’s all goodSeen fresh, bright bursts of kowhai rolling around in Auckland or Wellington? It’s the new-look Onzo fleet, with some welcome upgrades to keep up to speed with our changing streets. Our intrepid correspondent Sam Finnemore takes a look at what’s changed… Time moves fast and active transport moves faster! Hard to believe it’s less than two years since Onzo launched its dockless bikeshare service in Auckland, to mixed excitement and controversy. We aired our thoughts at the time, as did others. Overall, the bikes got a green light from users (albeit the small size was a bit of an issue for taller riders) and from Auckland Council (after some initial …
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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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