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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