We asked, you answered: a survey about bikeways on Dominion Road

We asked, you answered: a survey about bikeways on Dominion RoadBack when we launched our petition to add bikeways to the light rail project on Dominion Road, we set up a survey to capture your experiences of – and hopes for – this key route through the heart of the isthmus. Many of you took the time to share your thoughts. Thanks to the help of data-viz whiz Mustafa Hasanbulli of Sandfield Associates, we can bring you some very interesting results. 1. Who answered the survey? First things first: this is not a statistically representative sample of all Aucklanders. Rather, it’s an informational survey that captures the thoughts of a range of people interested in cycling and Dominion Road. There …
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K Road’s many layers

K Road's many layersKarangahape Road – where the Open Streets event will happen on Sunday 1 May, 12-7! – is one of the most interesting streets in Auckland – I think even people who dislike it would agree. It has something more than just heritage, more than just activity, more than just being central and urban. It has… layers. Layers on layers. From the original Maori roots, when it was a major local through-route as well as a gathering place and prominent ridgeline overlooking the whole isthmus, to the early European times when the settlers quickly found similar use for it as both a place of travelling through and stopping. Then came the layers …
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Franklin Rd epic effort! You’ve knocked our socks off!

Franklin Rd epic effort! You've knocked our socks off!‘Fabulous’, ‘stunning’, ‘brilliant’! That’s what I say when someone far exceeds my expectations. So, what to say when139 people wrote superb, articulate responses to our call last weekend for feedback on Franklin Rd? Jolisa and I thought one or two of you would reply during the 3 days we had to get your feedback … I even had a sneaky dream that Jolisa’s creative and clever blog post with the darling ‘Socks’ kitten would get a dozen of you going. But we never expected such a deluge of carefully considered, well expressed comments, and lots of thoughtful new ideas on how the right solution for Franklin Rd could be a template for …
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Gold: Franklin sense, and more! 3 fresh designs for Franklin Rd

Gold: Franklin sense, and more! 3 fresh designs for Franklin RdUpdated: huge thanks for your responsiveness – we’re collating 138 individual responses, and will post an overview of your thoughts very soon. Very grateful for your time and effort! Auckland Transport will hear your voices loud and clear. The story of Franklin Rd’s makeover has taken another turn, with three fresh designs from AT for consultation, and urgent feedback requested so that work can begin on schedule. This is a massive step forward from August, when it appeared that two of the original four designs – the only ones with dedicated provision for bikes! – were being scratched, apparently in response to a safety audit that looked into the issue of resident vehicles reversing out of driveways and people heading downhill on bikes. …
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Dutch scenes in a British context – lessons for New Zealand

Dutch scenes in a British context - lessons for New ZealandTake a look at these powerful images from the blog Alternative Department of Transport, created by transposing typical Dutch cyclists into a British street environment… which could just as easily be a New Zealand street environment. (The images were so popular, there was a follow-up post with more.) Straight away it becomes blindingly obvious why women, children and the elderly are so underrepresented among regular cyclists in NZ. It also demonstrates why most people put themselves in a majority group who would love to cycle more but don’t feel safe doing so. You will notice that all the British scenes are in nice flat areas – none of those nasty hills that apparently doom cycling …
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We have seen the future and it is…

We have seen the future and it is...Well, this is exciting! Stunning plans have been released for a 30km fully separated bike super-highway running west to east across the city. There’ll also be a slightly shorter north-south route – again, fully separated. And six other bikeways converging on the city will be fully upgraded – and fully separated from traffic. Best of all: the diggers started yesterday, and it’ll be ready by spring 2016.  Don’t believe me? Here’s the Mayor himself, always up for a bike-friendly photo opp. I cannot wait to grab my bike, buy a plane ticket and… Oh, you thought we were talking about Auckland? Nope. Sorry. London. Brilliant, though, eh? And one look is enough to …
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More infrastructure = more cycling = better health

More infrastructure = more cycling = better healthNo great surprises here, but research in the United States has found a link between improved cycle infrastructure and positive health outcomes. The research specifically concentrated on the development of the Minneapolis Greenway and the effect on travelling patterns in the areas near the Greenway. The Midtown Greenway is a 5.5-mile [8.8 km] long former railroad corridor in south Minneapolis with bicycling and walking trails. It sounds very similar to the Glenn Innes – Tamaki cycleway, work on which is due to start shortly. In fact, there is a proposal in Minneapolis to build a street car (tram) line along the Greenway to cash in on the fantastic synergy between public …
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