Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai – a shining new path from inland to the sea

Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai – a shining new path from inland to the seaIt’s the best way I can think of to end a wonderful year. A morning breaking into warm sunlight, a big gang of local kids on bikes, a diverse cluster of people from across Auckland, and politicians in their finery keen to declare another project completed – always one of the happiest moments of the job. The stage was set perfectly for the ribbon-cutting for Stage 1 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki cycleway – to be known as Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai, a perfect name gifted by mana whenua for the path that flows from inland to the sea. The route of the cycleway is best viewed from the …
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2016 takes the cake: a sweet pop-up party for Lightpath

2016 takes the cake: a sweet pop-up party for LightpathOn Thursday 1 December, Bike Auckland pulled together a party – with logistical support from Auckland Transport’s Walking & Cycling team – to coincide with K Road’s First Thursdays Carnival. We wanted to celebrate a year of Lightpath, and mark what’s been officially the busiest year ever for building a more bikeable city, under the auspices of a Transport Minister who really gets it, and unprecedented collaborations between the national and local agencies; not to mention gung-ho support from local boards and widespread enthusiasm at the community level. The party was a rough and ready rumbustification; a pop-up event in the spirit of the First Hoon. But we had the most important thing you need for a birthday …
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The great glorious eastern pathway opens Friday 9 December!

The great glorious eastern pathway opens Friday 9 December!Hey Auckland, have we got an early Christmas present for you! The anticipation is building… not long till we can ride Stage 1 of the spectacular Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path, which will eventually go all the way from GI Train Station to Tamaki Drive and the CBD. It’s wonderful to see this great eastern pathway emerge to balance the expanding Northwestern cycleway – feels like Auckland’s spreading its wings to truly take off for people on bikes. Come along this Friday morning for the official opening of the first 1.7km! When: 9.15 for a 9.30am start Where: The marquee at the Sunhill Garden Centre, 317 St Johns Rd, St Heliers. The Transport Minister, Hon. …
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“Adverse network effects”: help reverse a major back-pedal in Mt Albert!

"Adverse network effects": help reverse a major back-pedal in Mt Albert!What is this, Groundhog Day?? Auckland Transport is suddenly backpedalling on a plan for new bike lanes that were meant to form part of a long-awaited town centre upgrade and a key link in the planned cycle network. Worse: this U-turn uses a new ‘preferred option’ from AT that runs contrary to the original public response, the preferences of the Local Board and the local MP, and AT’s own plans for the cycling network. Not to mention the goal of a 30% increase in urban cycling numbers after 2018. Plus, it’s being rushed through quickly, in the weeks just before Christmas! The quick version: AT is proposing to remove the new cycle lanes from Mt Albert town centre in …
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Me and my e-bike: ‘I’m still laughing!’

Me and my e-bike: 'I'm still laughing!'Nic Smith has been commuting on an e-bike for a few months now, and wouldn’t change a thing. Here’s her story… The best way to illustrate what it’s like to have an e-bike is to tell you that whenever I share the experience with someone who’s never ridden one before, their response is generally ‘Holy shit!!’ and a cackle. People just laugh at how much fun it is to suddenly blast off, with just one turn of the pedals. And I’m still laughing. I’ve had my beast for nearly four months now and I still don’t take for granted the freedom, the mobility and the fun it’s given me. Six months ago …
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Consultation open on Westhaven to City

Consultation open on Westhaven to CityAmongst the flurry of consultations happening before Christmas is this route linking Westhaven to the city. Feedback is open until Sunday 18 December 2016 – so get in quick before the festive season lands on us! Here’s the area under discussion. As you can see, the green line is the current approach – a waterfront ride via North Wharf and the Te Wero Bridge. (Note also the orange section, which will be consulted on early next year. To be honest, we’re a bit more excited about that bit, as it sounds like AT may go for stronger protection here to provide connections to Quay St from the next stage of the Nelson St Cycleway – also due to …
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Bike Breakfast – come and coffee up for Lightpath!

Bike Breakfast – come and coffee up for Lightpath!Exactly twelve months ago, our monthly Bike Breakfast moved to its fabulous new home at Scarecrow Kitchen… and that same morning, attendees were treated to the official opening of Te Ara I Whiti, commonly known as Lightpath, followed by the First Hoon down the pink path later that night. Fast forward to this Thursday the 1st of December – we are back with Bike Auckland’s Bike Breakfast at Scarecrow Kitchen from 7:30am… … with the 1st Birthday celebrations for Lightpath to look forward to that same night at 8pm! As always with Bike Breakfast, everyone is welcome – there is no agenda to follow, and you don’t have to arrive on the …
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A pop-up pink party – Lightpath turns one!

A pop-up pink party - Lightpath turns one!Can you believe it’s a year since the First Hoon?? And so much has happened in the meantime. So it’s a great time to celebrate Lightpath/ Te Ara i Whiti and everything it signifies – that beautiful imagery, flashing round the world, and all the other bike paths, big and small, that are on Auckland’s horizon over the next few years. Light up your bike, come to town on the evening of Thursday 1 December, and help us celebrate! Gather at 8pm at the Canada St end of Lightpath, opposite Mercury Plaza, and together we’ll ride… …to the cake! We’ve commissioned the most enormous, most spectacular and most divinely delicious cake, by the city’s best cake artist, …
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Slow and steady wins the race in Herne Bay

Slow and steady wins the race in Herne BayOver the last couple of years, the new Urban Cycleway Fund has begun to deliver big, eye-catching, protected and dedicated cycleways like Lightpath, Quay Street and Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive. But urban cycling also means neighbourhoods that are safer and more pleasant to ride in. And when we have thousands of kilometres of roads to retro-fit over the coming decades, those smaller local projects are crucial. Cue the Herne Bay Residential Streets project. Originally shown on the maps as a single line – part of the wider planned cycle network from Pt Chev to the city – this has now grown into an area-wide approach. Auckland Transport is now proposing to treat all local roads in this area to …
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Building a wall, and making the rest of us pay for it?

Building a wall, and making the rest of us pay for it?The Bike Kaipatiki team, representing bike folk of the North Shore to the west of the bridge, has been asking Auckland Transport to revisit the traffic-calming design for the Lower Queen St section of the Northcote Safe Cycle Route (NSCR). Along with Bike Auckland, we feel that with SkyPath on track to open in 2018, AT needs to design the NSCR to the highest standards to service the pedestrian and cycle patronage SkyPath will bring – not to mention, the growing number of people biking to and from the Northcote Ferry Terminal.  So what better idea than to enlist the support of local Queen St resident, the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman, MP? It seemed a …
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A completion party for a jolly good causeway

A completion party for a jolly good causewayTo celebrate the upgrade of the Northwestern cycleway along the Causeway – and to thank people for their epic patience over the four years (!) of the project – NZTA is throwing a wee party this weekend. They’ve chosen a great spot: the beautiful green grounds of Unitec, next to where the cycleway runs through (and also handy by foot and train and bus and any combo thereof). Whether you’re a regular weekday commuter or a weekend rider, swing by on Saturday between noon and 4pm to join the celebration. There’ll be a BBQ and family-friendly activities and of course, plenty of bike parking! There’s also car-parking too, in the Unitec grounds, if you’d like to park-and-ride. More …
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Our end-of-year meeting – come and raise a glass!

Our end-of-year meeting – come and raise a glass!Goodness. Has it really been a year since we relaunched as Bike Auckland, and had that massive party in our favourite old venue? A year since Lightpath opened… and Nelson St… and so much has happened since (SkyPath, woot!) that frankly we’re in a bit of a whirl. So our last meeting for the year is a chance for everyone to catch their breath and count our blessings – and springboard into next year, with a sneak preview of what’s ahead. When: Monday 28 November 2016, 6pm-8pm Where: Our favorite new venue – the secret library, upstairs at The Original on the Viaduct.  What: Nibbles and a cash bar, plus… Special guests: The project …
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Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen… through Auckland eyes

Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen... through Auckland eyesAucklander Keri Bloomfield is living the new parent dream – in Copenhagen, where she gets to bike around town with her baby as a matter of course. You can follow her her adventures on a beautiful blog (check out how to never be mistaken for a Dane while riding round Copenhagen) and via great videos on her FB page. Here, Keri gives us an overview of the top ten two-wheeled pleasures of her new home town… Before moving to Copenhagen, I lived in Auckland. A great city to live in but it was painful to commute in. Onewa Road, while giving me many hours of reflection in the car or bus, very nearly stole my soul – and Wynyard Quarter (bike …
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Wellington: not just headwinds and political arguments

Wellington: not just headwinds and political argumentsIt’s good to catch up with bike news from other cities, especially those also expanding their cycle networks thanks to the Urban Cycleways Fund. Here’s a Wellington round-up from James Burgess (written before this week’s quakes!). NB this update is part of CAN‘s round robin of group updates from around the country, and also appears on the excellent Cycle Aware Wellington blog. We have some good-ish news from Wellington, though not much fresh kermit quite yet… Local elections New mayor Justin Lester was the most bike-friendly of the leading mayoral candidates and has backed us in past consultation on good projects. He has a reputation for pragmatic compromise – so good for getting things over the line, but …
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Chime in on a gorgeous new K Rd – feedback closes Sunday 20 Nov

Chime in on a gorgeous new K Rd - feedback closes Sunday 20 NovUpdate: The consultation on the Karangahape Rd enhancement project is now closed. More than 1680 people provided feedback – mighty effort, folks! We’ll keep you updated about developments. By way of a refresher, here’s our earlier blog post on the details. This is already a popular route, with an average of 500 riders a day and hooked in to the growing network of proper bike lanes – and we picture it being even more popular with these great improvements! Now is the time to get it over the line, and stiffen some spines (because like any transformative project it will have its detractors) and celebrate what will be a real step-change for this wonderful …
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