Open Streets, open hearts, open minds – a full-on delight

Open Streets, open hearts, open minds - a full-on delightOpen Streets on K Rd was a vigorous sequel to last year’s keen( but in the end half-pie) event on Quay St. Turns out, if you’re going to open a street, you can’t do it by halves: you have to go the whole hog. The whole street, the whole day – or most of it. And as others have pointed out, it really helps if the street is already full of things to do and people to see. Over the course of seven hours I bumped into friends new and old – and popped into shops and encountered all sorts of activities – and yet I still managed to miss half of what was going on, and …
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K Road bike lane design options – take a closer look

K Road bike lane design options – take a closer lookAt Open Streets on Sunday, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport did a great job of consulting about the future of Karangahape Road. With vehicle traffic out of the picture temporarily, the joyfully meandering ‘captive audience’ was free to imagine lots of different ways to divvy up the street while still keeping it open for traffic. What was particularly neat was that the consultation was pitched at all sorts of levels, some of them almost subliminal. A street theatre crew playfully enacted interactions between bikes and cars… Not quite sure what was happening in this one… something to do with the road ‘layout’? Meanwhile, a demonstration bike lane had been quietly created with tape. It tended …
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May Bike Breakfast – and an April round-up

May Bike Breakfast - and an April round-upOur breakfast coordinator Duncan Laidlaw reports on April activities, invites you to breakfast, and asks – how on earth is it May already? Bikewise, my last week of April was busy but fun. It started on Monday the 25th cycling around to Mangere to join Teau and the Mangere BikeFit crew on their ride to the Otahuhu and Papatoetoe ANZAC Day ceremonies. (Check out the video below for a feel of that quiet morning ride). I enjoy seeing the Triple Teez out and about and have always been made welcome. This time I got a peek at their headquarters – a double garage with plenty of room, tools, and an awesomely inventive …
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K Road’s many layers

K Road's many layersKarangahape Road – where the Open Streets event will happen on Sunday 1 May, 12-7! – is one of the most interesting streets in Auckland – I think even people who dislike it would agree. It has something more than just heritage, more than just activity, more than just being central and urban. It has… layers. Layers on layers. From the original Maori roots, when it was a major local through-route as well as a gathering place and prominent ridgeline overlooking the whole isthmus, to the early European times when the settlers quickly found similar use for it as both a place of travelling through and stopping. Then came the layers …
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Super-sizing Lincoln Road, or: Trying to do everything?

Super-sizing Lincoln Road, or: Trying to do everything?Thanks to a tip from our friends at Transport Blog, we were alerted to the fact that Auckland Transport has quietly uploaded a plan of their future design for Lincoln Road (general project website here) and they intend to proceed with the Notice of Requirement (basically the big-picture planning approval) as early as this week. Lincoln Road is already something of a legend – a textbook “stroad“, says TransportBlog. “A magical kingdom of food and services,” counter-argues westie journalist Steve Braunias, who’s on a tongue-in-cheek mission to eat at every single one of its 55 food joints and en route, chronicle the way “Lincoln Rd gives life to Auckland. It nourishes, it provides.” And man, this …
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Frankly, this is pretty great – new designs for Franklin Road

Frankly, this is pretty great – new designs for Franklin RoadThe new designs for Franklin Rd are in, and we are impressed. We knew that parking-protected bike lanes had been ruled out – but this round of design proposes the next best thing: separated lanes raised above the road, separated from traffic by a rounded kerb, and with buffer zones on both sides. You may remember that after the disappointment of not getting parking-protection (in part because of a safety audit that questioned the safety in these specific circumstances, i.e. trees and lots of driveways and fast downhill cyclists – plus, one presumes, Auckland drivers), we raised this as an option to upgrade the ho-hum result. And, once they had a chance to get their heads around …
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Get there to get across: last shout for SeaPath!

Get there to get across: last shout for SeaPath!In 2009, two thousand Aucklanders surged across the Auckland Harbour Bridge to show the urgency of a decent walking and cycling link. In 2015, more than ten thousand of you added your names in support of SkyPath. Were you one of the bold 2000… or the strong 10,000? We urgently need your voice on SeaPath too. Because a citywide network depends on every one of its branches. Time is tight, so please, PLEASE click here to register your support for SeaPath before submissions close at 11.45pm on Friday 29 April! Mathew Dearnaley, former NZ Herald transport reporter and cycling aficionado, by coincidence found himself off-duty and driving over the bridge in 2009 while walkers and cyclists were joyfully invading the pitch. He can’t wait to …
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