A river runs through it: the Te Auaunga Restoration

A river runs through it: the Te Auaunga RestorationTe Auaunga, also known as Oakley Creek, has a lot of fans. The waterway, its wildlife, and its waterfall have been rhapsodized in NZ Geographic. It’s cared for by the extremely dedicated Friends of Oakley Creek. And over a kilometre of the stream was recently daylighted and restored as part of the Waterview Connection. Now, a further 1.5km of the waterway has been brilliantly revitalised through Walmsley and Underwood Parks in Wesley/ Mt Roskill, creating a natural green artery for the communities along the way. What began as a stormwater project to address flooding has resulted in a spectacular ecological restoration of the creek as it once was, with the bonus …
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NZTA reveals new design for a path across Auckland Harbour Bridge

NZTA reveals new design for a path across Auckland Harbour BridgeToday the NZ Transport Agency unveiled its preferred design for a walking and biking pathway across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, breaking the silence around the project since the government confirmed last August it would fund the crossing. Initial images show a pathway along the city side of the bridge: it’s cantilevered off the piers, and roughly level with the roadway. According to the official media release, the path echoes the shape and design of the existing bridge, with a five metre wide travel width, and three wider and spacious terraced galleries about 100m long, stepped down from the walkway and cycleway, creating a natural seating area where people can gather or pause …
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Up, up, and away! April bike counts

Up, up, and away! April bike countsYou may have heard the story on the news about Auckland being the 7th best cycling city in the world, just after Amsterdam and Malmo, and above Melbourne, Berlin, and Tokyo. Really?? Some days it might almost be starting to feel like it! But as our chair Barb says in the audio version of the story, “Auckland’s doing some fabulous projects, but it’s just way too slow. Think about it: 7.5km from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive – people are so hungry for that connection from the eastern part of the city, but it just makes me weep because it’s so slow.” (See also our April Project Watch, for the …
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Project Watch: April 2019

Project Watch: April 2019April was a short month, with a lovely string of public holidays – so while it offered bonus opportunities to get out and ride, it can be forgiven for not delivering a whole lot of progress on the ground. And we hope we can be forgiven for taking a break and waiting a couple more weeks to let more news trickle in. Which it has, so let’s start with the best bits… WORK UNDER WAY Eastern Busway (AMETI) The one bike project to break ground in April isn’t just for bikes, as the name suggests. Auckland Transport’s huge plan to streamline public transport along 8km from Botany to Panmure – with …
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Great North Road, car transporters, and safety

Great North Road, car transporters, and safetyThe issue of car-transporters on Great North Road has been in the news recently, in this Metro article and this follow-up piece (including a quote from our chair, Barb Cuthbert. The story drew an overdue and somewhat tepid response from Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, and this great analysis of the wider situation from Greater Auckland. In this guest post, Bike Auckland reader – and frequent Great North Road rider – Christina Bengtson shares her experiences. Car deliveries on Great North Road have frustrated me for quite a while. The big trucks delivering cars to the sales yards continuously park on yellow no-parking lines, in bus stops or even in the median strip, blocking …
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Bridging communities across the Papakura Stream

Bridging communities across the Papakura StreamThis guest post was created by and with one of our readers, David Hopkins, who lives locally and leads guided rides. If you’re keen to offer support for this great idea, feel free to drop him a line.  Wouldn’t it be handy to be able to walk to the shops, a cafe, train station or frequent bus service? Or to cycle, scoot or otherwise actively get to these services without having to be in a vehicle or interact with busy traffic? To feel safer and more independent in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, or with kids, or a bunch of friends, young or old? What if this walk/cycle/scoot was on …
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Cycling is “embedded” at AT – but beware the snooze button!

Cycling is "embedded" at AT – but beware the snooze button!We’ve been told that cycling (and thus, the safety of people on bikes) is now ‘embedded’ across the whole of Auckland Transport. So it came as a surprise when, in April, the Auckland City Centre Residents’ Group shared on Twitter a draft design for a rebuild of the Quay Street / Tangihua Street intersection – on Auckland’s busiest bike route – that seemed about to fly under the radar without much or any public input, including from us. Steering traffic away from the water… The image showed a proposed reconfiguration of the intersection at the Countdown supermarket corner opposite the Ports of Auckland entrance. The design followed the new intention to …
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