It’s a plan: the 10-year budget and Auckland 2050

It's a plan: the 10-year budget and Auckland 2050Public feedback is currently open on Auckland Council’s budget for the next ten years – and on the plan to get us through to 2050. It’s important to have your say before 8pm on Wednesday 28 March. Your voice will be incredibly important in making sure our city makes space for people on bikes. It’s a really big consultation – luckily, we have a couple more weeks to get to grips with it! The 10-year Budget 2018-2028 is all about the nuts and bolts: the questions are about how Auckland will pay for everything. The Auckland Plan 2050 is the big picture: the questions are about what we want Auckland …
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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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Dustin’ off our megaphone…

Dustin' off our megaphone...On Sunday, the Herald shook its fist on behalf of drivers upset by delays of weeks or months on dozens of delayed road projects across the city. Road safety campaigner and car reviewer Clive Matthew-Wilson is among the hundreds of motorists frustrated by the daily Onewa Rd bottleneck, saying the delays impacted on commuting times and livelihoods. “These kinds of delays have a profound economic effect. Meetings are missed, things don’t get delivered.” We get that. Delays are frustrating, even when you know workers are working as fast as they can. But meanwhile, those of us who also get around on bikes have been patiently waiting years for our safe, connected paths across the city. Sure, exciting projects are …
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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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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 the Unitary Plan!

The deadline for Unitary Plan submissions is this Friday. We think YOU should take the time to submit, because it will be key to how this city will look like in 5 or 10 years. Will we get ever-more-increasing numbers of cars everywhere, and rising house prices? Or will we be courageous enough to change course?
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AHB walk and cycleway & $9 million for Waterfront Boulevard

Hot off the press, we hear from Bevan Woodward (AHB Pathways Trustee and cycling campaigner) that the Auckland Harbour Bridge walk- and cycleway has been included in the Long Term Plan of Auckland Council as a “zero budget” line item! As the name says, this means that currently, there is no funding associated with it. However, this allows the project to fomally proceed to the next steps, and sends a positive message to the private capital funders that the Council sees a toll as a workable way forward. Related to this, Waterfront Auckland have apparently also received a $9 million budget to construct a big part of the Waterfront Boulevard. …
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Submit Now – for more cycling money !

Transport funding for the next 10 years is up for grabs now in the Auckland Council and Auckland Transport long term funding plans. Cycle Action is submitting on behalf of our members on a raft of issues and projects. The deadline for submissions is 4pm this Friday, 23rd March. You can read the plans on the Council website or in the limited time available, make your voice heard on a few key issues. We regard these to be – The level of funding allocated to walking and cycling is only 0.8% of the overall transport capital expenditure. This is out of kilter with the proportion of trips already made by …
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Real change needs a real push!

Currently, Auckland Council is calling for submissions on another set of key documents – the 10 year Long Term Plan (which, at the core, is a budget plan – where and what your rates $$$ are to be spent on between 2012 and 2022), and the 3 year Regional Land Transport Programme (which is a more fine grained transport plan feeding for the 2012-2015). From our initial analysis, there’s some good things for cycling in both documents, but they aren’t really game changers. In fact, in some ways, they remain decidedly “business as usual” – way too many new roading projects, to start with, sucking up all the available money. …
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Auckland needs your opinion! [UPDATED]

There’s a lot going on with transport  around town. Auckland Council and Auckland Transport wants to know what you think. Draft Long-term Plan meetings and roadshow  Come along to a local board event or visit an information stand in your local shopping mall, market or town centre. You can find out more about some of the key regional and local projects and initiatives proposed, as well as proposed changes to our rates system. Click here to find when and where Local Board meetings are being held and when the roadshow will be rolling into your neighbourhood. note the Mayor will be attending Botany Downs secondary college on 13 March (7pm) and the …
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Do you want a great cycling city?

There will be lots of good things for cycling in the coming Auckland Plan. That is, there will be a lot of good things UNLESS the “sensible people” manage to convince our politicians that the status quo is best. Prove them wrong! If you don’t have the time to read up on the plan yourself, you can spend just five minutes writing an email to make your voice heard. Submit on the Auckland Plan (theaucklandplan@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz) with your name, your address, and whether or not you would like to speak at the hearing (or use the online submission form). Then consider saying: Support the Regional Cycle Network: With more funding. With …
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Auckland Unleashed with cycling

Cycle Action’s Auckland Plan Submission on ‘Auckland Unleashed Discussion’ Document Cycle Action totally endorses the Mayor’s vision and leadership role for Auckland becoming the world’s most liveable city. Treating bicycles as a serious and acceptable form of transport is integral to achieving this goal. The provision of safe and convenient access for Aucklanders and visitors using bikes for some of their transport journeys contributes to all the aspirations in the discussion document. Cycling is efficient, healthy, cheap for the user & ratepayer, and FUN! Cycle Action wants to work with the Mayor, Auckland Council & Auckland Transport to fast-track a shift in focus from moving vehicles to moving people to …
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