AMETI: Change a street, change a (thousand) mind(s)

AMETI: Change a street, change a (thousand) mind(s)Let’s be honest – those of us who already ride bikes and understand the freedom they offer can be a bit dismissive when we hear other people say ‘Aucklanders will never get out of their cars’. We wax lyrical about all the advantages of biking, whether statistical (health gains! longer life expectancy! cleaner air!) or the personal (the fun! the freedom! the wind in our hair!). We’re puzzled by those who just don’t get it, and who steadfastly insist that they and their neighbours will never leave the car at home. But then you see what’s faced by people living in places like East Auckland – and suddenly it’s not …
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A River Runs Through It – How AMETI will Change the East for Bikes

A River Runs Through It - How AMETI will Change the East for BikesEast Auckland’s new busway, AMETI, will be like a river through a desert, bringing top-notch cycleways and vastly improved public transport to a car-dependent part of the city. We’re delighted!  We strongly encourage you to support this project and ask for better bike feeder links on local streets, so even more people can actually use it.  Use this link to jump to the feedback section and have your say before Friday 16 November. And to learn more about this great project, simply read on… When you look at AMETI (the “Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative”), the first thing that strikes you is the scale. This is a project of massive proportions. A $1.4b rapid transit …
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A ‘safety-wash’ in East Auckland – or a chance for change?

A 'safety-wash' in East Auckland – or a chance for change?Auckland Transport is proposing changes at a couple of intersections on Botany Road in East Auckland, to ‘alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety for road users and pedestrians.’ The problem is, while adding a couple of pedestrian improvements, the car-centric design mainly proposes widening the roads to ‘alleviate congestion’ (!)… …while not improving safety at all for people on bikes, and in several ways making things more dangerous than they already are. We say that’s not okay, especially in the light of AT’s new safety commitment. One might go so far as to say it’s unconscionable. Certainly, the word ‘safety-washing‘ has been applied. So let’s hold AT to a higher standard. …
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Good news for the east: AMETI takes a step forward

Good news for the east: AMETI takes a step forwardThe AMETI project, aka Pakuranga to Panmure, has been off the radar for a while. Indeed, we haven’t really blogged about it since 2012! But today Auckland Transport announced it has lodged a Notice of Requirement – which is the first step in getting it built. As the update notes, construction would likely begin 2021 based on current funding, but could happen earlier if funding becomes available. While this began as a busway project – the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative – it also contains some pretty sweet improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities, which are well overdue as you’ll know if you’ve ridden out that way. (If you haven’t, read Jo’s account of her …
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Calling all Pakurangians – ignore the busway plans!

Calling all Pakurangians - ignore the busway plans!…what you should be really getting excited about is the cycleway planned to run along Pakuranga Road and Ti Rakau Drive! At least that is our attitude to the AMETI Plans for the Pakuranga area, which are intended to change this car-overwhelmed part of Auckland for the better. What started out as a bus priority project has grown. To a degree – if we are allowed to pat ourselves on the back – due to CAA participation in various Council workshops, the project now includes an off-road cycleway from Panmure to Pakuranga (and later on, onwards to Botany), dedicated to cyclists only. You will have a kerbed buffer between you …
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Cycling past the mall

The plans for changes to Mount Wellington Highway outside of the Sylvia Park shopping centre have now been finalised. We engaged with Auckland Transport about these plans before, and its good to see that both on-road cycle lanes and shared paths are now confirmed to make this currently absolutely horrid section of road much more suitable for cyclists. Cycle lanes on Mt Wellington Highway on-road from Aranui Road through to just south of the motorway Western-side shared path from Aranui Road to Sylvia Park Road (i.e. even further south than the cycle lanes) Eastern-side shared paths for some short sections outside of Sylvia Park, where new office buildings are planned …
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Lagoon Drive shared path confirmed & AMETI Open Day

Buried in the details of this announcement of the next AMETI Open Day on 15 September 2012, we have a long-awaited confirmation that CAA was only able to hint at so far: AMETI now proposes a walk- and cycleway along Lagoon Drive*, directly connecting the Panmure Town Centre with the planned walking/cycling Panmure bridge, and from there, the future off-road path to Pakuranga Town Centre! * In addition to the more recreational walking path that already exists on the lagoon side of the road. As you can see in the sketch at the right (click through twice for larger view), the now-proposed link (green) will be more direct than the …
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Videos from AT – Trains carrying bikes & AMETI cycleways

Here’s a quick round-up of some  Auckland Transport channel videos on YouTube. The videos that could be interesting for cyclists included this one about our coming electric trains: You can see the dedicated cycle area in each centre carriage, and also the areas with the flip-up seats, where more cycles can be stored as long as the train isn’t already at peak loads. What you can’t see yet (because it hasn’t been finalised yet) is how the bikes will be held into place – the “bike rack”, if you will. CAA and other parties are still discussing the best way to incorporate this with AT, and the public will also …
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AMETI busway’s cycling designs revealed

Having no success convincing family and friends to “Give it a go!” with cycling? Then you are probably talking to the “interested but concerned” part of the population – those 50-60% who kinda like the idea of cycling, but aren’t happy riding on busy roads – and won’t change their minds just because of some green paint on the road. Or because you tell them how the risks of cycling are overstated in public perception. They need something more convincing. Enter projects like AMETI. Cycle Action recently met with the design team for the second phase of that project, the future busway corridor from Pakuranga to Botany. The discussions about …
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AMETI Pakuranga-Botany – Busway, cycleway to be unveiled 14 April

If you have been reading these blog posts for a while, you will be aware that CAA is looking forward to see the proposed new busway between Panmure and Botany proceed, not only because it will provide some balance to the car-dominance in eastern Auckland / Manukau, but also because it will include some significant cycle facilities. In mid-April, you will be able to see the proposed designs at an AMETI Open Day – if this is in your area, please attend and give your feedback in favour of good cycle facilities! Saturday 14 Aril, 10am-2pm  Te Tuhi Centre for Arts 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga We understand the design has …
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Cycling (from Panmure) to Sylvia Park

Shopping centres are not generally what comes to mind when one thinks of great places to cycle to. But their success shows that we do like to go there (usually by car) to shop, hang out, or watch a movie. So why not make it easier to bike there? This thought is in the background of some separate but ultimately related efforts to make Sylvia Park a true “town centre” as it aspires to be in the long run. At the moment Sylvia Park is mainly shops, a giant cinema and even more extensive seas of car parks (photo at the right – crowned by an elevated highway and further …
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Sylvia Park to Glen Innes – AMETI changes could be great for cycling

The AMETI projects at the border between the former Auckland City and Manukau City will be some of the largest transport projects Auckland has ever seen, including a variety of new roads, a high-quality busway, and… a number of cycleways. This Monday, works have started for major changes in Panmure, where a new link road (and bridges over it) are to be built to take traffic off the Panmure roundabout. Auckland Transport is then intending to turn the roundabout into a traffic signal intersection in the next stage, to better serve the new busway,  pedestrians and cyclists. In the short run, this has the potential to make Ellerslie Panmure Highway …
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Cycle Action assisting transport planning in Panmure and wider AMETI areas

One of Cycle Action’s current focus areas lies around Glen Innes, Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany. We have been involved in discussions with authorities regarding the large-scale public transport and roading changes to come in these areas for quite a while now, but recently, this involvement has been further strengthened due to our good relations with the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board. – Apart from making submissions and presentations to the Maungakiekie-Tamaki and Howick Local Board Plans, we have also since been invited to participate in an Auckland Transport planning study. This will look into how further walking and cycling works could be integrated with the AMETI projects – which themselves are already …
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Cycle Action May meeting

Come along to CAA’s next public meeting, 26th May, starting 7pm (6:30pm for nibbles and drinks) at Ellen Melville Hall, 2 Freyberg Place. The meeting’s presentation will be by OPUS, who will talk about the cycling components of the AMETI scheme in eastern Auckland (Panmure area). This multi-billion initiative to improve the grid-locked transport in the east of our city also offers exciting opportunities to improve conditions in one of the city’s areas with the least cycling and some of the worst danger spots. This will be your opportunity to hear about this Council flagship project, and discuss your comments directly with the people designing the new roads, bus- and …
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