AT’s Active Modes Survey 2016: what’s up?

AT's Active Modes Survey 2016: what's up?(A cross-post from our BFFs at Transportblog, written by Matt Lowrie. We’ll cross-post our take on it tomorrow, by way of Part 2). For a number of years now Auckland Transport have been conducting annual research into the use of active modes to allow them to track behaviour changes over time. This is not just relying on the automated counters, but carrying out a survey to gauge the general population. They’ve now released the 2016 report, which features a lot of positive outcomes and covers 1,178 responses. The headline figure is that 31% of people surveyed had cycled, up from 27%. The researchers say this represents an increase of 45,600 people. These numbers are …
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Remember, remember – Bike Breakfast September!

Remember, remember - Bike Breakfast September!Spring has almost sprung… daffodils are popping up here and there, the mornings are getting brighter, and September has snuck up on us! We’re back to our regular hangout at Scarecrow Kitchen  – on the corner of Victoria St E and Kitchener St, at the foot of Albert Park – for our monthly CBD bike breakfast gathering. Come along from 7:30am this Thursday 1 September to meet other bike-friendly folk, get the latest goss on cycling infrastructure and plans, and enjoy some really good coffee and a great start to the day. Everyone welcome, whether you arrive on a bike or not! See you there.
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The great northward commute on Great South Road

The great northward commute on Great South RoadGiulia Rodighiero bikes to town along what we at Bike Auckland think of as the ‘missing highway’ – from the south into the CBD. In this photo story, she shares the good, bad, and the ugly of her commute… I recently moved from Mt Albert to Manurewa, which changed my work commute to K’Rd from a relatively quick and safe 7km via the Northwestern cycleway, to a 24km trek through areas with almost no cycle infrastructure. Luckily, it’s easy to take my bike with me on the train to Newmarket, from where I ride to work. (I bring my bike because it’s much quicker, fun and cheaper to bike from Newmarket to work than …
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‘First do no harm’: why it’s time for Vision Zero NZ

'First do no harm': why it's time for Vision Zero NZSobering news: in August, New Zealand’s road fatality toll stands at 214 people killed on our roads so far this year, including 3 people who were just out riding their bikes, 15 pedestrians,10 children; 50 in Auckland alone… any way you slice the data, it’s still too many. And that’s not accounting for life-changing injury. What is an acceptable fatality rate, in a country our size? Think of a number – and then watch this. Vision Zero, an approach that began in Sweden and is being adopted around the world, flips the script. Instead of assuming a certain number of road deaths are inevitable, we could insist on none. We could refuse to accept the ‘road toll’ as some sort of fixed tax – or indeed, ‘toll’ – in exchange …
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Love Tamaki Drive? Let’s talk – over breakfast

Love Tamaki Drive? Let's talk - over breakfastDo you bike along Tamaki Drive? Do you have thoughts about it could be improved? We know there are plenty of people on bikes who are really passionate about this uniquely beautiful and busy Auckland route. So we’re starting a focus group, Bike Tamaki Drive, to gather views from the full glorious diversity of people who ride this road. We’re a community bunch, not affiliated to any council or transport agency, and we’ll also be working with our friends at Bike Auckland and the Bike Eastern Suburbs group. To start things off, please join us for breakfast – whether you use the road or prefer the shared-path, bike to work, or for pleasure. We’ll meet at Oaken …
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Bike Shore – a new group for Milford and Takapuna

Bike Shore - a new group for Milford and TakapunaAre you based in Takapuna or Milford? Do you bike around town… or wish you could? There’s a new local ‘bike burb’ group focussing on your area: Bike Shore, in the hands of the very capable Red and Claudia. They’re hosting a breakfast on Friday at the lovely Jam Organic Cafe, in the middle of the shops on Hurstmere Road, opening onto the Green. Friday 26 August 2016, 7am – 8.30am Pop along and say hello – it’s a chance to share thoughts about what’s currently happening for bikes in the area, and what could happen in future, especially once SeaPath and SkyPath are up and running. Given the impressive bike sheds …
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The Sunday Best Ride is back – be in quick!

The Sunday Best Ride is back - be in quick!After last year’s glorious debut ride through the central city, the Sunday Best Ride is heading further afield this year for another parade of gaiety, frivolity, and stylish bicycling. In tribute to NYC’s legendary 5 Boro Bike Tour, our 2016 ride will wind its way through five Local Board areas, along greenways and quiet streets and newly built safe routes – on a mostly flat 15km ride from Western Springs to Mangere Bridge. Get in quick: it’s a marshaled ride, so logistics means there are only 120 spots and no sales on the day. A $10 ticket will secure you a spot, and covers the light refreshments to start us off. As always, frock up and dress to impress. Tweed if …
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