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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Auckland’s annual budget 2016/2017 – let’s make bikes count!

Auckland's annual budget 2016/2017 - let's make bikes count!You may or may not have opinions on Auckland Council’s 2016/2017 budget. But in amongst the local board priorities are some flagship projects that will make life better for people on bikes… and indeed, there are a few local boards who have forgotten to put easy cycling wins on their list of priorities. If you have a moment, it’s well worth adding your voice. There are several ways to do this: tweet @aklcouncil and use the hashtag #aklbudget post on the Council’s Facebook page, with the hashtag #aklbudget email your thoughts to annualplan@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz fill in the online feedback form Feedback is due before 5pm, Thursday 24th March, 2016 If you’re using the online form and want to get straight to the point, scroll …
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Mt Albert Town Centre Upgrade – how do bikes fit in?

Mt Albert Town Centre Upgrade - how do bikes fit in?Auckland Council is currently seeking your thoughts on designs for an upgrade to the Mt Albert Town Centre – feedback closes 4pm, Friday 27 November.  You can see the proposed plans here; note that most of what you see in the images is hypothetical, as the only part that’s funded for completion in 2016/17 is the part outlined in red. It’s great to hear of a long-awaited upgrade for this part of town, which has been ushered through a few ups and downs by the dedicated folk of the Albert-Eden Local Board. This part of town is well overdue for some love. Pick a corner, any corner, of the intersection of Carrington Rd, …
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Ask A Lawyer on a Bike – “If a cycle lane is provided, I am obliged to use it?”

Ask A Lawyer on a Bike - "If a cycle lane is provided, I am obliged to use it?"Jonathan Wood rides a bike, and is a lawyer. This is the first of an intermittent series of Ask A Lawyer on a Bike, but since no one has asked him anything so far, he sought out a question that hasn’t been asked or answered yet… “If a cycle lane is provided, am I obliged to use it?” In other words, must you ride in the cycle lane? Or can you ride on the road? Strictly speaking, someone has asked this question, but it was a wee while ago and the answers were, despite best intentions, ultimately unhelpful. It’s also been raised in Australia just this week, so it seemed timely to bring a local perspective for …
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Wanted: one fairy godmother on a bike (plus the Essential Transport Budget)

Wanted: one fairy godmother on a bike (plus the Essential Transport Budget)Remember when buses and trains were the Cinderella of Auckland’s transport system, sitting sadly in the cold kitchen, out of the limelight, at the mercy of ugly stepsisters who zipped off to the ball in their single-occupant vehicles. “Why waste money on slow, grimy machines?” went the reasoning. “Especially for a few sad punters who can’t afford cars or are too old or young to drive? Oh, sure, we have some plans on the shelf. Maybe next year. If we have the money. Now go and do your chores.” Luckily, public transport had some fairy godmothers who saw the light and the potential — and who looked overseas for models of what can happen when you give PT the royal treatment. It didn’t happen overnight, but …
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AT taxi trial for Grafton Bridge… tell us what you think!

AT taxi trial for Grafton Bridge... tell us what you think!A couple of months ago AT told me their staff were working on a trial to allow taxis to use the Grafton Bridge bus lanes. I was pretty shocked, as I know how much cyclists value the traffic- free environment of the Bridge on weekdays. I know many of us ‘specially enjoy the ‘B’ lights as well. I told AT I didn’t see the justification to give taxis access to the bridge during the bus lane hours, and didn’t support the trial. I was also  interested to know how the bus companies have responded. Taxi drivers give me grief in the Central City. Numerous times they’ve ‘u’ turned across my …
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Fixing Auckland’s Transport: The 10-Year Budget 2015-2025

Fixing Auckland's Transport: The 10-Year Budget 2015-2025What: Auckland Conversation’s event on “Transport in Auckland – The 10-Year Budget Proposal” When: Monday, 2 March 2015 5:00 p.m Where: Lower NZI Conference Room, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive Auckland is the country’s fastest growing region with transport considered the single biggest issue. Major investment will be needed in the next decade to avoid worsening congestion and the impact this will have on our economy, environment and way of life. We have a choice to make. Do we accept a basic transport network which costs less, or do we invest more to get the advanced transport programme set out in the 30-year vision for our region known as the Auckland Plan. If …
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Submit on SkyPath – key issues guide coming in January

Earlier this month the Resource Consent for SkyPath was fully publicly notified – meaning that anyone can make a submission on the project before 23 January. This is a big project for Auckland and we encourage you to take the time to make a personal submission. It’s important to let the Commissioners know that Aucklanders understand and support the benefits of this critical and long-awaited link for the Auckland cycling network. It’s easy to submit online – but remember that your submission must be focussed on the environmental and societal benefits and impacts outlined in the SkyPath application, rather than your general support. We know it’s a daunting task to …
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Want More Transport Investment? Be Prepared to Pay for It

Aucklanders  are being asked to get their minds around a couple of important decisions following the release of the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report, by the Independent Advisory Board (IAB). CAA was one of the stakeholders which contributed to the report. The full report can be found at: shapeauckland.co.nz Whats it all about and what does it mean for transport cycling? The first choice: What level of transport investment do you want? The Mayor’s recent LTP statement Mayor’s proposal for the next 10 years sets out two levels of transport investment, the Basic Transport Network and Auckland Plan Transport Network. The Basic Network limits expenditure within the existing funding envelope …
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Making Queens Wharf safer for walking and cycling

Good news coming out of the City Centre Integration team for people using Queens Wharf and Quay Street on bikes or foot. Council (together with Waterfront Auckland and AT) have just announced that the current access to Queen’s Wharf next to the ferry terminal is going to be closed, and a new left-in / left-out only driveway will be opened further east. With right turns being one of the more dangerous manoeuvres – especially for people riding on a shared path like the one running east here – that means that walking and cycling here will be much more convenient and safe, and it should also help make Queens Wharf …
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