Dynamic lanes for Whangaparaoa drivers – but what about bikes?

Dynamic lanes for Whangaparaoa drivers – but what about bikes?A guest post from David Squirrell, looking at the proposed Whangaparaoa Rd dynamic lane control trial from a local perspective. (For Bike Auckland’s concerns about the project, see here).  At a highly charged public meeting recently, the team at Auckland Transport unveiled its plans to trial ‘dynamic lanes’ on the Whangaparaoa Road. The scheme is being billed by AT as a potential solution to Auckland’s increasing traffic congestion problems. To those unfamiliar with this area of town, the two-lane road runs along the ridge of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula serving a series of bays and residential suburbs and ending at Gulf Harbour. Like many major arterial roads in Auckland, Whangaparaoa Rd has …
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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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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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“Adverse network effects”: help reverse a major back-pedal in Mt Albert!

"Adverse network effects": help reverse a major back-pedal in Mt Albert!What is this, Groundhog Day?? Auckland Transport is suddenly backpedalling on a plan for new bike lanes that were meant to form part of a long-awaited town centre upgrade and a key link in the planned cycle network. Worse: this U-turn uses a new ‘preferred option’ from AT that runs contrary to the original public response, the preferences of the Local Board and the local MP, and AT’s own plans for the cycling network. Not to mention the goal of a 30% increase in urban cycling numbers after 2018. Plus, it’s being rushed through quickly, in the weeks just before Christmas! The quick version: AT is proposing to remove the new cycle lanes from Mt Albert town centre in …
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AT is on the money with 99c weekend travel – so let’s build streets to suit

AT is on the money with 99c weekend travel - so let's build streets to suitMy brother in Wellington wrote to me recently about a weekend train trip to the country with family members, some of whom brought bikes so they could take the scenic route home. The outing wasn’t just fun, but affordable. My brother has a SuperGold Card, and everyone else enjoyed cheap fares designed to encourage more people to use public transport instead of cars for weekend fun. I’m seeing more and more of this multi-modal multi-generational weekend travel around Auckland. Family groups bringing bikes on the ferry to explore Devonport; or taking the train to Onehunga to ride to Ambury Park; or arriving at Britomart ready to ride the waterfront and the Pink Path (or both!). Everyone looks to …
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On being happy with Auckland Transport three times

On being happy with Auckland Transport three timesAs we wrote in a previous blog, the sheer volume of projects coming out of Auckland Transport at any given time means that there are bound to be quite a few that aren’t that great, and a few that can make you pretty grumpy. And sometimes… the opposite happens. So it’s only fair enough that we highlight some of those happier instances, too. Credit where credit is due. Starting with the smallest example, and working our way up, here are three recent cases where AT made us happy. No 1 – Some space for paint This was item number 3 in our ‘angry‘ blog. Remember how AT originally argued that an extremely wide traffic lane on Great South Road …
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On being angry with Auckland Transport three times

On being angry with Auckland Transport three timesWe enjoy working with Auckland Transport, particularly in recent years with the steady rise in cycle projects and bike-friendly people inside AT. We like getting to know people and how they work (and what they, like us, have to work against), and it’s great to get to collaborate on improving this city. At the recent opening of the Quay St protected cycleway, it gladdened our hearts to hear the top level of AT publicly singing the praises of how bike culture makes this city better in every way – and enjoying the instant, enthusiastic uptake of this latest flagship project. The ‘network effect‘ isn’t just happening at street level – it’s a human thing across the city’s management. The recent …
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It’s all go! A new look cycling campaign from AT

It's all go! A new look cycling campaign from ATAuckland Transport launches a colourful new campaign today, to keep people up to date with – and enthused about! – the steadily expanding bike network. The campaign brings a cheery, positive, and ambitious perspective to the current 3-year programme of unprecedented investment, and makes the case for bike-friendliness as a basic, essential part of the Auckland way of life. As AT’s Walking and Cycling manager Kathryn King says in the accompanying booklet, the Auckland Cycling Account, the idea is to ‘bring the network to life and demonstrate the role cycling has to play in making our city a better place to live.’ The website and the booklet both feature nice infographics, encapsulating some …
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Super-sizing Lincoln Road, or: Trying to do everything?

Super-sizing Lincoln Road, or: Trying to do everything?Thanks to a tip from our friends at Transport Blog, we were alerted to the fact that Auckland Transport has quietly uploaded a plan of their future design for Lincoln Road (general project website here) and they intend to proceed with the Notice of Requirement (basically the big-picture planning approval) as early as this week. Lincoln Road is already something of a legend – a textbook “stroad“, says TransportBlog. “A magical kingdom of food and services,” counter-argues westie journalist Steve Braunias, who’s on a tongue-in-cheek mission to eat at every single one of its 55 food joints and en route, chronicle the way “Lincoln Rd gives life to Auckland. It nourishes, it provides.” And man, this …
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Windows of opportunity – building a bikeable Auckland

Windows of opportunity - building a bikeable AucklandImagine yourself as a builder. If you were a good builder, you would know tons of different things – from how to build a framework that doesn’t fall down in a storm, to where pipes have to run, to how to insulate walls, or add a door. Sure, you will often call upon specialists like sparkies or plumbers – but even then, you have a pretty good idea of what they do, and can make sure that your work ties in well with theirs. But – what if all your life, since beginning as an apprentice, you’d never been taught how to build windows? And what if, in fact, the vast majority of …
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Last call for the Inner West safer streets consultation!

Last call for the Inner West safer streets consultation!The clock is ticking on Auckland Transport’s consultation on how to make the suburbs from Pt Chev to the city more bike-friendly.  Feedback is due by the end of Tuesday 5 April [deadline extended], so consider this your urgent reminder to take the opportunity to speak up for a truly bikeable back yard. And if our words don’t convince you, maybe the gorgeous images from our mates at Generation Zero will! AT is looking to you to help work out the priorities for this area for the next ten years. They want to know: where you currently ride, where you’d like to ride, if you could, and what needs fixing to make your bike travels possible. …
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The Bikeable Back Yard – How the Inner West Will Be Won!

The Bikeable Back Yard - How the Inner West Will Be Won!UPDATE: Consultation closes soon on the Pt Chev to City safe cycle routes! Here’s the link for online feedback – or you can use the leaflet sent out by mail/ picked up from your local library. Please send your feedback in by the extended deadline-  end of Tuesday 5 April. What routes you and your family and friends want to ride What danger ‘hot spots’ need fixing Any other thoughts about safer streets across this area Your feedback is hugely important in prioritizing what Auckland Transport does in these neighborhoods over the next ten decades. Grab the chance to have your say!  Creating a bikeable city is a massive project… and a whole lot of small ones. The large-scale …
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On Abbotts Way, not quite a Grand Drive…

On Abbotts Way, not quite a Grand Drive...… but better than nothing, which is what was originally planned. Thanks to one of our members attending a public meeting last night, we now have the design for the revised Abbotts Way / Grand Drive intersection. You’ll recall this is where we – and you – fought hard to make sure that Auckland would not “go back to the past” by installing traffic signals on cycle routes without adding a single new cycle facility. And we won… in that the design went back to the drawing board. The new layout is bound to disappoint those of us who had hoped for protected lanes though – what we’re looking at is painted lanes next to and between …
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Gimme shelter – new bike parking at key public transport links

Gimme shelter - new bike parking at key public transport linksThe lack of good bike parking is a universal bugbear! (See Russell Brown’s great blog post yesterday, about the ups and downs of bike-parking while shopping, with great pics from readers of how good other cities have it). Well, there’s good news from Auckland Transport about better bike parking at crucial transport hubs – we asked Scott Winton from AT to tell us more: New bike shelters have been installed at the Albany Busway Bus Station this week, to be followed by two other locations next month. Glen Innes Train Station and the Half Moon Bay Ferry terminal will also have the sleek new bike shelters installed as part of Auckland Transport’s strategy to make cycling to transport hubs throughout …
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Devonporters – what’s your spin on the proposed new roundabout?

Devonporters - what's your spin on the proposed new roundabout?Auckland Transport are proposing to redesign the Victoria Rd/Calliope Rd intersection in Devonport as a roundabout, and are seeking public feedback (due date is Thursday 5 November). You can read all about it on AT’s website, but here’s what the new design looks like: We first blogged on this back in September last year, and then recently we posted Cycle Action’s hastily constructed submission, only to find later the closing date for submissions had been extended.  Thanks AT! What this means is that if you live in or cycle through Devonport, you still have an opportunity to have your say, and we’d encourage you to do so. Now, we’re not going to …
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