Bike Auckland speaks up on your behalf to make biking better for all Aucklanders. For nearly twenty years we’ve been sharing our expertise: lobbying at the national and local level, writing submissions, helping locals provide on-the-ground feedback, mentoring groups, creating pop-up campaigns… Whatever it takes to put people on bikes in the picture, we do it.
It’s hard work – but it totally pays off! Check out some highlights below and you’ll see, we really are getting somewhere. JOIN US and let’s see how much further we can go.
2015 – the best year ever?
- Auckland has landed a tranche of the government’s Urban Cycleways Fund, which unlocks a whole lot of local funding for transformative cycleway projects
- The national Cycle Safety Panel has made real progress on multiple fronts re crucial law changes
- NZTA has started up a real cycling team at the national level, and kitted them out with e-bikes
- Auckland Transport has a new ‘cycling czarina‘ who’s really getting things moving
- Bubs on Bikes, in partnership with Auckland Transport, has offered more Learn2Ride events than ever
- Our ‘Bike Burbs’ initiative to sponsor neighbourhood bike groups (a la Bike Te Atatu) is under way
- Epic events we’ve produced or collaborated on include the Bike Gang Challenge at Open Streets; a pop-up bike love-in at the Northcote Tavern; the vintage Sunday Best Ride; and the upcoming First Hoon along Nelson St!
- We’ve seen other fantastic events popping up all over, like the Bike Raves and Matariki Rides and Frocks on Bikes expeditions and Cargo Bike Picnics and all)
- We’ve got a whole new lexicon of words to describe all the things we do on bikes, from Frocking to Friding to ‘quaxing‘ and beyond.
- The Nelson Street offramp project – once just a twinkle in our eye – is brought to completion by NZTA!
- Separated cycleways down Nelson St will link the offramp to the waterfront.
- Beach Rd stage 2 is up and running
- Protected cycleways installed along Carlton Gore Rd
- Quay St separated cycleway currently under consultation
- SkyPath resource consent was granted; it’s currently going through the appeals process but we are ever hopeful and with your support, it can happen in 2016
- Safety improvements along the Herne Bay quiet route are up for consultation
- Cycle numbers in the City Centre are on the up and up
- More riders are using the Dominion Road ‘safe streets’ alternative routes than ever
- Ground has been broken for the Glen Innes to Tamaki shared path, which will be to the east what the NW cycleway is the west
- We persuaded AT into a full rethink on the design of Abbots Way/ Grand Drive
- The first “Copenhagen-style” cycle lanes on Albany Highway North have been opened (project itself not yet complete)
- AT stuck to their guns on the Northcote Safe Route despite some opposition
- NZTA confirms it will build a major off-road bike path along the Northern Corridor (SH18 to/ up along SH1)
- NZTA has committed to a major off-road bike path along the Southern Corridor (SH1 Takanini to Papakura)
- NZTA agreed to add a proper off-road cycleway along SH20A to airport this year
- In Onehunga, the Orpheus Drive shared path, the Onehunga foreshore paths and the new walk/cycle over bridge are now complete
- Initial works have begun on Te Ara Mua/safe streets in Mangere
- Browns Road and Puhinui Road now have painted cycle lanes along pretty much the whole length
- We managed to make the case for paths on BOTH sides of Great South Road at the Takanini Interchange
- Improvements along the cycleway across the NW causeway, including the new underpass at Te Atatu
- Stage 1 of Te Whau Pathway opened in Avondale/ New Lynn
- Ground broken for new Pt Chevalier boardwalk/Waterview paths
- Final stages of the Mt Roskill Greenway routes got the go-ahead
- SkyPath on the Auckland Harbour Bridge is no longer just a dream. It’s a resource consent application, and deserves all our support to push it to the next step.
- The Beach Road separated cycle path, the Grafton Gully Cycleway, and the Mt Roskill Greenways give us exemplars of the safe, separated cycleways that we dream of extending in all directions across Auckland.
- The Nelson St project is in the works, transforming a disused motorway offramp into a cycle boulevard linking K Rd and downtown.
- Mandatory bike parking and reduced car parking minimums included in the draft Unitary Plan. CAA lobbied for these over many years in our submissions on various statutory processes.
- Localised improvements to New North Road. In a CAA-Auckland Transport cooperative project, unsafe parking was removed, a cycle lanes was installed through one intersection, and a roading pinch point was widened.
- Upgrade plans for Whangaparaoa Road redrawn after CAA highlighted the unsafe and insufficient proposals for cycling in the upgrade scheme.
- First Auckland Cycle Summit organised by CAA, bringing together sports groups, community groups, and local and national government bodies with an interest in cycle projects.
- Extra millions for cycling moved forward. After CAA and many Aucklanders asked for more emphasis on cycling, $5.5 million was “front-loaded” into the first 3 years of the 10 year program.
- TelstraClear Challenge race over the Auckland Harbour Bridge & community bike festival. Partly organised by CAA, the race was the first official chance in decades for cyclists to use the bridge.
- Triangle Road cycle lanes permanently protected from queuing cars by bollards and dividers. The cycle lane was constantly blocked by motorists, so CAA (along with others) undertook significant lobbying to resolve the issue. Clark Street West also received a similar localised treatment.
- Te Atatu underpass confirmed. We lobbied during the resource consent process for an underpass for the Northwestern Cycleway, to speed cyclists through instead of adding signal delays at the interchanges. Work is in progress
- Te Atatu Road design confirmed with cycle lane and shared path. Thanks to CAA involvement in the design process, Te Atatu Road layout now includes a shared path for off-road cycling, and wide lanes/ cycle lanes for on-road cycling.
- Richardson Road Bridge cycle paths. Faced with Richardson Road having no formal cycle facilities at all, CAA convinced Council and NZTA to extend the Waterview Cycleway, looping up to this future motorway overbridge and across it, thus extending the future off-road path network.
- Bikes on Buses bike racks launched on Fullers’ Waiheke bus service, quickly becoming a popular service.
- Bike provision on Auckland’s new electric trains. We worked with AT staff to ensure bikes can be carried onboard.
- (Ongoing) Cycle Action cooperated with Waterfront Auckland on cycling-related initiatives & events on the waterfront, and in particular, in Wynyard Quarter.
- (Ongoing) Cycle Action set up regular informal breakfast meetings, allowing semi-regular activists and interested newcomers to connect with CAA and each other.
- (Ongoing) “Good Bunch” sports cyclists code of conduct and associated work to improve both cyclist behaviour and motorists’ understanding of cyclists’ needs.
- (In progress) Cycling facilities for the Onehunga Foreshore Restoration. CAA lobbied for wider recreational cycleways to ease sharing with pedestrians, and argued for protection of the regional cycleway link directly along the motorway.
- Update of AT’s cycling maps for Auckland. CAA provided user input on changed conditions since the initial edition.
- CAA successfully lobbied for the Waterview Cycleway to be added to the Waterview Motorway project (to the tune of $8 million). CAA and local groups convinced the Board of Inquiry that a cycleway was needed to balance the impacts of the new motorway. Ancillary works have started, and the main cycleway is expected to be completed around 2017.
- Cycle facilities added to Brigham Creek Road / SH16 Roundabout. After complaints and advocacy work, this new rural high-speed roundabout near Kumeu gained crossing and detour facilities.
- First CycleStyle event combined bikes & fashion in Wynyard Quarter. This has become a semi-regular event to be carried forward by Waterfront Auckland.
- (Ongoing) Grafton Gully Cycleway linking NW Cycleway to Downtown/ Tamaki Drive / Waterfront. CAA was involved closely from the conception stage of the project (which opened in 2014!)
- (Ongoing) Creation of Tamaki Drive Working Group to bring together various parties to improve cycling safety on Tamaki Drive, including local residents, police, sports cyclists and community groups.
- (Ongoing) Tamaki Drive roading and intersection improvements, which CAA lobbied for following the death of Jane Bishop & other incidents on the road.
- CAA helped save the Lake Road cycle lanes after parts of North Shore City Council and some locals started blaming them for traffic congestion.
- First comprehensive set of user cycling maps for Auckland developed in cooperation with the regional council, with CAA providing “on the ground” review.
- (Ongoing) CAA campaigned for walking & cycling access across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. This campaign later split off amicably to become GetAcross and then the SkyPath Trust.
Late 1990s-Early 2000s
- CAA helped the Northwestern Cycleway come into being
- First cycle lanes implemented in Auckland City on Carrington Road in 1999, and dedicated to Kurt Brehmer, prominent CAA member.
- CAA was founded by a variety of people wanting to do something about the absymal cycle conditions in Auckland at the time.
Making Auckland a better place for bikes is a work of many hands, hearts & minds! We know this list is not exhaustive – for example, it doesn’t even include the many cycling wins in Auckland where we simply applauded or provided advice (and yes, there are a few!). Please let us know anything we’ve missed.
We also realise that this list is heavily slanted towards the last five years. That’s partly a sign of the almost exponential increase in cycling achievements over recent times. But those fresh victories could only have happened thanks to the tireless efforts of Cycle Action Auckland’s teams over the years, often in much worse circumstances, and with little recognition, official or otherwise. Those people are our heroes, and we would love to tell their stories. Like any revolutionary movement, the early years of CAA have not been well documented. So if you have memories, pictures or names from the early days, by all means please drop us a line.