Here comes Biketober!

Here comes Biketober!Longer days, warmer weather, holidays galore – October is the perfect time to break out your bikes. And BIKETOBER gives you the perfect excuse… dozens of ’em, in fact! Brought to you by Bike Auckland, BIKETOBER is an annual celebration of community on wheels.  We’ve put the call out for bike fun all over Auckland in October, and gathered it into one handy calendar. The result: a bunch of great reasons to get your bike out and go for it, all month long!  Local rides & tours• fix-it days • bike ballet • have-a-go events • free coffee stops • beers on bikes • learn to ride • bike breakfast • more! There’s something for everyone. …
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Bridge clip-ons: giving bikes an edge on Tamaki Drive

Bridge clip-ons: giving bikes an edge on Tamaki DriveAs you will probably have read in our Tamaki Drive jubilation blog, a lot of big decisions are currently being made on cycleways in the Orakei area. Hot on the (w)heels of the decision that Tamaki Drive between Solent Street and Ngapipi Road would get a proper, protected two-way cycleway on the north side, AT have now opened consultation on two other items, both closing 8th October. The last section of Stage 4 of the route from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive (see blog post here), and The new Ngapipi Bridge (which, despite the name, is the outlet bridge on Tamaki Drive just west of Ngapipi). Please consider giving feedback …
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A boardwalk for Ngapipi – Section 4 of the Eastern Path

A boardwalk for Ngapipi - Section 4 of the Eastern PathAs you will probably have read in our Tamaki Drive jubilation blog, a lot of big decisions are currently being made on cycleways in the Orakei area. Hot on the (w)heels of the decision that Tamaki Drive between Solent Street and Ngapipi Road would get a proper, protected two-way cycleway on the north side, AT have now opened consultation on two other items, both closing 8th October. The last section of Stage 4 of the route from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive, and The new Ngapipi Bridge (which, despite the name, is the outlet bridge on Tamaki Drive just west of Ngapipi) – see blog post on that here. Please …
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It’s time to Vote Bike!

It's time to Vote Bike!With advance voting now open, we’re delighted to launch VOTE BIKE 2017 – a one-stop shop to help you compare party and candidate policies around cycling.  Click the big pink button to get started! Questions? Check out the FAQ – and see below for a quick overview of what we did, and why. WHY VOTE BIKE? Cycling policy probably isn’t the only thing on your mind this election. But, even as the major parties approach consensus on bike-friendly cities as a Good Thing, there are still big differences in how they plan to get there… and how fast. And those differences may affect your party vote, as well as your candidate vote. …
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Tamaki Drive is a winner!

Tamaki Drive is a winner!If you managed to make it to last Thursday evening’s event, you will already have heard the headline news: Tamaki Drive’s future cycleway design between Solent Street and Ngapipi Rd has gotten a major boost in quality. In a stunning turnaround, after a consultation in which we (and many of over 600 submitters!) expressed grave concerns about the orginal design, Auckland Transport has decided that the changes proposed by Bike Auckland make sense. AT essentially adopted Bike AKL’s Quality Option. YOU DID IT!  We’ll be able to go into more depth soon,* but for now, here are the highlights – hold on to your handlebars… As we strongly pushed for, …
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Nelson St Phase 3 – linking Lightpath to the waterfront!

Nelson St Phase 3 - linking Lightpath to the waterfront!The last cycleway gap north of Nelson Street is about to be closed, and Lightpath will finally have a proper connection to the waterfront! After much discussion of possible routes, Auckland Transport has settled on a tidy zig-zag: up the west side of Market Place (hooking into the future Westhaven route), then along the north side of Customs Street West, before going up the west side of Lower Hobson Street (where it connects with the Quay Street Cycleway). As always, Bike Auckland will be providing detailed feedback to AT – and we strongly encourage you to add your support using the easy online form. Some locals may not like that Market …
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Otahuhu needs bike love too! Add your voice by 6 September

Otahuhu needs bike love too! Add your voice by 6 SeptemberThe quick version: Otahuhu Town Centre is getting a makeover – but there’s not much in it for people on bikes, and it could be a lot better for pedestrians. Feedback closes very soon (Wednesday 6 September) – so we encourage you to go to the feedback link ASAP and answer Question 2 by asking for these 3 changes: a protected cycleway on Station Road, between the town centre and the train/bus interchange, using one of Bike AKL’s options more traffic calming through the village shops – by adding zebra crossings and raised tables to the intersections along Great South Road a 30kmh speed limit for the town centre Read on for more details, …
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Putting the brakes on business biking? 3 reasons for Beca and Aurecon to reconsider

Putting the brakes on business biking? 3 reasons for Beca and Aurecon to reconsiderThe first days of spring are a great time to be on a bike – and it’s a pretty good time to be in the business of building cycle infrastructure too, with plenty of great projects on the go, and (hopefully!) more to come as the cycle boom attracts support locally and nationally. So we’ve been taken aback to read that engineering consultancies Beca and Aurecon, both involved in major cycleway builds in Christchurch, have been reported as forbidding staff from cycling during work hours – even when they’re visiting their own bike-related projects: Some staff working on Christchurch’s new cycleways are not allowed to cycle during work hours because …
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The future of Tamaki Drive – unveiled! (on Thursday)

The future of Tamaki Drive - unveiled! (on Thursday)A bunch of major cycling improvements are about to converge on Auckland’s busiest and most beautiful bike route, Tamaki Drive. How will they all fit together? Come along on Thursday 7 September and find out! Event details and RSVP here. Bike Auckland has invited project managers from Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency along to present the big interlocking projects that will transform this route: • the new Tamaki Drive Cycle Route from Ngapipi Rd to The Strand (this is the one we pushed strongly for a rethink on… watch this space!) • widening the Ngapipi Bridge to make room for cycling and improve passage for pedestrians • and the …
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Labour’s cycling policy a welcome leap forward

Labour’s cycling policy a welcome leap forwardMedia release: 1.00pm, Friday 25 August 2017 Bike Auckland welcomes Labour’s policy announcement today, confirming ongoing commitment to the Urban Cycleways Fund, a new fund for active neighbourhoods, and a promise to fund Skypath. ‘We’re delighted Labour will roll over the Urban Cycleways Fund. It’s been the most powerful boost for biking ever seen in Auckland, creating a 44% increase in cycling into the central city from the western suburbs alone, and 45,600 new bikers across the city in the past year,’* says Barb Cuthbert, Chair of Bike Auckland. ‘The numbers just continue to grow as the safe network expands.’ ‘The Fund is helping to transform transport choice in Auckland. …
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Biketober is coming!

Biketober is coming!A month of warmer weather and longer days… featuring two weeks of school holidays and the three-day Labour Weekend that kicks off the roll into summer… the sweet, sweet scent of spring in the air… hmmm… that sounds like BIKETOBER! What’s Biketober? This October, we’re inviting Aucklanders to dream up fun activities on wheels, all across the city, all month long.  Festivity is the aim of the game. We’re keen to highlight the way bikes enliven, empower, and enlighten our communities. Mostly, we just want you to have fun on bikes.  How does Biketober work? Biketober Auckland events are self-run, leaving unlimited capacity for local input and maximum creativity! Rides, …
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Speaking up for ‘park and ride’ for bikes – it’s crunch time!

Speaking up for 'park and ride' for bikes – it's crunch time!Did you see the Herald story today lamenting the lack of park-and-ride space for people driving to Auckland public transport? As an AA member, I had advance notice of this story via a newsletter in my mail; it’s certainly a case to be made, and fair enough for AA to run with it on behalf of their members. Of course, the other side of the park-and-ride story is bike parking for those who cycle to public transport. We often hear from the AA that many of its Auckland members own and enjoy riding bikes, so this would be a natural component of their campaign. Bike-and-ride is not just an efficient way to …
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Unscrambling the Carrington Road Crossing

Unscrambling the Carrington Road CrossingTL:DR – Auckland Transport proposes making it legal for people to cycle across Carrington Road on the Northwestern Cycleway. We suggest you support this by giving your feedback here. The crossing where the Northwestern Cycleway meets Carrington Road at Unitec has long been an example of the complicated rules around bikes. Neither fish nor fowl, people on bikes fall into the grey area between ‘vehicles’ and ‘pedestrians’, with many problematic outcomes. When the Northwestern Cycleway was connected through here in the early 2000s, perhaps planners thought the pre-existing pedestrian crossing would suffice, or perhaps they didn’t have any reasonable options in their then very limited legal toolkit. Either way, since then …
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Bring back the school bike run!

Bring back the school bike run!Jonny Webster from Bike Te Atatu writes with news of some smart kids exercising their right to ride… A cancelled bus route has inadvertently helped a group of West Auckland students discover the advantages of a commute by bike. The scheduled bus from Te Atatu Peninsula to the Rathgar Road schools in Henderson was plagued by stuck rush hour traffic and slow journey times (in the morning, it took about 45 mins but was almost always held up in traffic, especially with works on Te Atatu Rd, and the evening bus left 30 mins after school finished, and took 40 mins unless the traffic was bad). Then the bus got …
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It’s Bond. Great North Road-and-Bond.

It's Bond. Great North Road-and-Bond.Feedback is now open on Auckland Transport’s proposed design for where Great North Rd meets Bond St and Grosvenor St. Our verdict: it’s good – and will be even better with a couple of tweaks. Be sure to have your say by Sunday 3 September! Here’s our quick feedback guide… What we like – this will make the intersection safer for people on bikes. What we’d change – make it easier for people on bikes to turn right, especially to Bond Street, by adding a right turn pocket. Other comments – we think there’s space for a proper bus stop bypass. As the next feature-length item in Auckland’s cycle infrastructure line-up edges closer to release, …
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