A bike-friendly feedback guide: the 10-year budget and the Auckland Plan

A bike-friendly feedback guide: the 10-year budget and the Auckland PlanHere’s our quick and easy guide to giving bike-friendly feedback on the Auckland Plan and 10-year budget – feedback closes on Wednesday 28 March 2018, so have a read and have your say! (See our overview of the plan and budget over here). We’ve combed through the forms to give you a bike-friendly angle on every question that could materially affect the quality of your ride, and get us closer towards the vision we all share of a bikeable Auckland. There are lots of ways to have your say – including at public meetings, on Twitter and on Facebook. You can also fill in a paper form, which you can download here. …
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Bike to the future: a 10 year plan for cycling in Auckland

Bike to the future: a 10 year plan for cycling in AucklandRemember when Auckland had a paltry $5 million across 3 years to spend on all improvements for walking AND cycling across the entire city? Us neither! Those bad old days seem eons ago – yet it was only in 2015 that the Urban Cycleways Programme (UCP) unlocked extra funding and kickstarted the bike boom, the effects of which we’re just starting to see. Now, Auckland Transport along with the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council, is looking a decade into the future with an investment business case for cycling investment 2018-2028. Yesterday, the AT Board formally approved it. The guts: a proposed combined investment of $600million over the next 10 years …
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What’s the plan? Quick – have your say on Local Board Plans

What's the plan? Quick - have your say on Local Board PlansThe days are short and the weeks feel shorter – and suddenly it’s almost closing time for feedback on Local Board Plans.  Feedback closes 4pm Friday 30 June – make sure you have your say!  Q. Why is this important? Because your Local Board is one of 21 hyper-local bodies with significant place-making power. Via your Local Board, you can transform the streets you live, walk, and bike on – from little things like better bike parking, or ramps instead of hard curbs, to area-wide issues like safer speeds and Vision Zero and greenways through parks. The Local Board Plan will cover the next three years… and you can get a lot done in three years! Your board …
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Bikes in the news: from the margins to the centre

Bikes in the news: from the margins to the centreJust us, or… is there a bit of a tone-shift lately in the way bikes are being covered in the news? Matt Heath’s Herald column in praise of Lightpath made us smile on a Monday morning. Admittedly, it’s hard not to break out in a grin when you read a description like this: I know it had to close down for a re-pinking, but boy is it futuristic. I ride that Utopian overpass to work every morning. The lights are so bright and blue. The pinks so pink. The convenience so convenient. You feel like you’re on a Tron Light Cycle. Like you’re in a Battlestar Galactica launch tunnel. Matt’s point is, why quibble about …
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It’s budget time: help set local priorities for a bikeable city

It's budget time: help set local priorities for a bikeable cityWhat should the city be spending on biking and walking links over the coming financial year? Luckily, you get to say! Auckland Council is consulting with the public on its budget priorities for 2017-2018. Feedback is open until Monday 27 March at 4pm. All the info you need, including the link to the online feedback form, is here. The big question… Question 1 on the feedback form is about rates, which are set to rise. The question is: even though Council has found some $15m savings in the meantime… should it still go with Option A, the originally proposed 3.5% increase? In Council’s own words, this amount (approximately an extra $1.55/week for the average household) …
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Bike Auckland supports the Coalition for More Homes

Bike Auckland supports the Coalition for More HomesBike Auckland is happy to announce that we are joining the Coalition for More Homes to support Auckland passing the Unitary Plan – giving us the ability to get on with building the homes that our growing city requires. One of the key reasons Bike Auckland exists – alongside the joy of riding bikes, of course – is that we love our city and want to see it prosper. With housing having become a crisis over the last decade, this is not a time when we want to stand off to one side, even if at first glance it may not relate to transport or bikes. In fact, transport and housing are two …
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Leaf it to the Parks Department: trimming greenery along cycleways

Leaf it to the Parks Department: trimming greenery along cyclewaysOne of the delights of our cycleways, both new and old, is how green they can be, especially with the new landscaping. Likewise our greenways through parks. But this being Auckland, everything grows. And you don’t want vegetation branching out into your head’s way, creeping along across your path, or tickling your ankles as you ride. So whose job it is to keep the planting under control? After all, NZTA builds the cycleways alongside motorways; those then revert to being AT’s assets (along with the on-road cycle lanes and shared paths), while paths through parks are the domain of Auckland Council. All a bit complicated. Thankfully, AT’s Walking & Cycling crew has cleared it …
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