Cycle counts Feb 2019: here comes the bike boom!

Cycle counts Feb 2019: here comes the bike boom!It’s been a phenomenal summer for cycling. The weather has been balmy, the traffic has been barmy, and more and more people are discovering the joy of getting around on bikes. February in particular felt busy out there – and not just because it was the Auckland Bike Challenge all month long. Holy crap the SH16 cycleway was busy this morning. Still flowing well but basically bumper to bumper. It was kinda … hosky even. Totally #hosking out there today on the cycleways. — Ben Gracewood (@nzben) February 27, 2019 So do the offical numbers agree with the anecdata? Without further ado, why yes, they do! February 2019 automatic cycle counts …
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A regular rider on a year of regular riding

A regular rider on a year of regular ridingWe love real stories of everyday bike life! So when we saw Pshem’s delightful string of tweets looking back on his first year of regular cycling for transport around Te Atatu peninsula and to work in the city, we asked if he’d be keen to share them as a guest blog with a few choice photos. Enjoy! It’s been a year since I’ve started biking to work, and this is a summary of my thoughts and observations. I work in Newmarket and live in Te Atatu Peninsula. My one way trip is about 17.5km and it takes me about 35-40 mins. I cycle every workday. I consider myself lucky – the …
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Buy-Cycle Te Atatu: a ‘photo/shop’ contest!

Buy-Cycle Te Atatu: a 'photo/shop' contest!More people on bikes means more people stopping in – and spending up! – at local shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. We know it, the stats show it, but how to get that message across to our friends and neighbours? The punny legends of Bike Te Atatu have come up with a very clever way to showcase the value of shoppers on wheels, and celebrate the joy of shopping by bike: a photo contest called ‘Buy-Cycle Te Atatu.’ It’s easy. All you have to do is shop by bicycle in Te Atatu (Peninsula or South) in March, take a photo of your trip, upload it to social media using the …
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Project Watch – February 2019

Project Watch - February 2019Welcome to our new Project Watch feature – a monthly round-up of Auckland’s progress (or lack thereof) towards being a great place to bike. These monthly round-ups will highlight what’s happening with key cycling-related projects across the city. Our information comes from public sources, as well as from our regular meetings and close working relationships with the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, and Auckland Council, among other partners. We’ll strive to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible, and we warmly welcome your thoughts and questions. To kick things off, we ran a survey to find out what you most want to hear about, and you came in loud and clear! Whenever …
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Safer speeds – and not a moment too soon!

Safer speeds - and not a moment too soon!Consultation is open until 31 March 2019 on a new Speed Management Bylaw that will give Auckland Transport the power to set safe and appropriate speeds across the city. Bike Auckland stands with a broad coalition of advocacy groups working for safer streets and better quality of life in New Zealand, in supporting this bylaw and the introduction of safe speeds for Auckland.  Late last year, when the consultation was briefly delayed, this coalition came together to encourage the Board and AT to hold to the vision. (Here’s the letter we sent: Safe Speeds Support) We hope Auckland Transport’s safer speeds campaign will be the start of a more ambitious Vision …
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We want to promote your group ride

We want to promote your group rideEverywhere you look in this big, summery city of ours, there are group rides. Coffee rides, ride-to-school groups, mountain bike riders, women’s groups, packs of road riders, touring riders. You name it, Auckland offers a group ride for just about anyone. Bike Auckland wants to make it easy for people on bikes to find the ideal group for them. We’re refreshing our group rides page on the BA website; it will be a single, comprehensive listing of group rides right across the city. If you organise a regular group ride of any kind, let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Just add your details to the group …
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From the ground up: a proposal for a bikeable Onehunga

From the ground up: a proposal for a bikeable OnehungaIn a week when we’ve been thinking about how kids get to school, and the importance to kids of freedom on wheels, here’s a guest post by Nicholas Lee (cross-posted at Greater Auckland). Read on for a vision of a bikeable neighbourhood that will let more children ride to school and beyond, and open up the area for longer local trips. I began commuting by e-bike, from Onehunga to Wiri, last year, around the time my eight-year-old daughter started cycling or scooting to school with a group of neighbourhood friends, children aged 8 to 10, without adult supervision. For me, cycling is a personal action towards reducing greenhouse emissions. For my …
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