Tamaki Drive: It’s Had Some Love, More is on the Way

Tamaki Drive: It’s Had Some Love, More is on the WayIf you frequently cycle along Tamaki Drive you might already have forgotten what we’ve gained as a result of the new-look Ngapipi Road intersection completed in July, and the Quay Street Cycleway extension which opened just last month. A reminder, then. The Quay Street Cycleway, already one of the city’s most popular routes, was extended by 800 metres towards the east, adding a dedicated bi-directional, protected lane from Plumer Street to just short of The Strand. Further along the waterfront, the Ngapipi Road intersection – until recently one of the country’s top 10 crash black spots, got a $9million safety upgrade. It acquired traffic lights, signalised pedestrian/bike crossings (in anticipation …
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AT takes the “safe” out of the Northcote Safe Cycle Route

AT takes the “safe” out of the Northcote Safe Cycle RouteCities around the world are rolling out protected bike lanes as fast as they can, be it London, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton or even the traditional auto dystopian city of Los Angeles. It’s encouraging to see Auckland joining the roll-call, with Auckland Transport rolling out promising efforts in parts of the inner west and a fantastic design for the much loved K Rd. You’d almost be fooled into thinking that there’s been an epiphany high up in AT’s ivory tower, a realisation that we need to (re)design our city according to the 8-80 philosophy. Almost. Thing is, AT isn’t the only one who has changed over the last three years. As they’ve gotten better …
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The Great Auckland Bike Market was so great!

The Great Auckland Bike Market was so great!A simple idea: a great big community bring & buy for bikes. Hold it in a high profile downtown location with tons of foot traffic. Add bike groups and bike shops and bike fun and fantastic food and a classically warm Auckland ‘winter’ day, and BOOM. Yet more proof that if you build it, they will come. In fact, every man and his dog was there! Massive kudos to Auckland Transport and the amazing events crew at Fresh Concept for pulling it off, and to everyone who took part and everyone who showed up. Have to say, bikes look really good on you, Auckland. We were there all day, with our giveaway goodies …
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Quay Street, Level Up [Bonus Star for Design Upgrades]

Quay Street, Level Up [Bonus Star for Design Upgrades]The story of cycling on Quay Street could be likened to a video game, where you start out as a powerless beginner, and slowly acquire more and more upgrades. With challenges, setbacks, and a fair bit of ‘grinding‘ along the way. Some decades (?) ago, the first shared path was added along the north side, east of the ferry terminal. It was a pretty low-key and partial effort. Just some bronze plaques added to the footpath to say “bikes allowed here”. Still, +1 to Biking Level. Then, a couple of years ago, we got some smaller upgrades. Greened advance boxes on the road. And a few sections of painted extensions to the shared paths. …
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Quay Street’s gonna be okay

Quay Street's gonna be okayUPDATE: Consultation closes this Friday. Have your say ASAP to make sure our new hot pink pathway has a safe connection all the way to the red fence, the whole wide waterfront, and round the bays and beyond! Auckland Transport has finally started the public consultation on the Quay St interim cycleway! A new urban cycleway that, due to tight timeframes around the City Rail Link enabling works in the area, is intended to be constructed in the next couple of months! So we were somewhat worried when the October consultation date came and went. We had been shown the plans in advance, and were pretty happy. What was keeping things? We heard …
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Waterways for cycling – a Brisbane treat to add to Auckland’s shopping basket

Waterways for cycling - a Brisbane treat to add to Auckland's shopping basketLike many Kiwi families, we’ve had one of our kids lured by the flash salaries and job opportunities of Australia. We’re lucky our son is on the east coast, so I’m in Brisbane for a family catch-up. Soaking up the warm winter temperatures (28 degrees on Saturday), the stimulation of a bigger city, and city-spying from the seat of a CityCycle. The Brisbane metropolitan area has 2.5m residents, compared with Auckland’s 1.4m. The look and feel of the central city gives the impression of a more compact core, with large-scale apartment development, and impressive sandstone heritage public buildings. Brisbane has a more comprehensive cycling network than Auckland, with 1100 kilometres of …
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Smile and Rave – a report from inside the Bike Rave

Smile and Rave - a report from inside the Bike RaveA special report from Jessica Rose – Eyes in the Rave It was always going to be a roll of the dice, running a bike event in unpredictable May rains. But despite a week’s postponement due to rain, on Friday 22nd May, over 500 keen people on bikes (that’s a guestimate) assembled for what was Auckland’s first ever official Bike Rave. It’s been an exciting journey getting there. The pilot a few months earlier was so successful that word of mouth led it to be an event of its own, and it has already inspired a sister event in Wellington. Put together by a team of volunteers with a common love of riding bikes, …
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