South Auckland’s Skypath – crossing the Manukau on New Mangere Bridge

South Auckland's Skypath - crossing the Manukau on New Mangere BridgeAfter the sudden closure of the Old Mangere Bridge due to advanced deterioration, now the only way to walk and bike across the harbour – until a new walking-biking bridge is completed around 2021 – is via the underpass on SH20 under the New Mangere Bridge. Yes, you read that right: while we’re eagerly awaiting Skypath across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, our other harbour has had two crossings for many years. But while the old bridge was popular and widely used, the underpass always felt like its poor cousin – dingy, whiffy, covered in graffiti and not very welcoming. That’s why we’re delighted to report that the NZ Transport Agency has …
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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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Slinky, inky, sleek and smooth – the Canada St bridge emerges

Slinky, inky, sleek and smooth – the Canada St bridge emergesThe last pieces of the Canada St bridge were slotted into place last night: a complete connection to the old Nelson St offramp, not much over a year since it was first dreamed up. And soon enough, we’ll be riding it! This stunning animation, just released, gives you a sense of what it will look and feel like. (For more details about the colour and light design, by Monk McKenzie Architects and LandLAB with Toitu Design, check out our previous blog post). Those very first glimpses of the Canada St Bridge – which really does deserve a catchier name, doesn’t it?  –  were tantalising. There the sections sat, cradled on a truck for delivery, the shape so …
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The New Old New Old Mangere Bridge – the saga continues!

The New Old New Old Mangere Bridge - the saga continues!The saga of Mangere Bridge reads like a litany of woes. The troubles began with the very first timber version, which opened in 1875 and was soon attacked by shipworms. It was also so narrow pedestrians could not pass motor vehicles safely. The replacement – commissioned in 1915, and designed by R.F. Moore who was responsible for the Grafton Bridge – was wider, but so low that only the smallest boats could pass underneath. Apparently it was fitted with an anti-tank road block during WW2 (and might also have been mined!). Over the decades, it famously began sinking into the harbour, and was finally closed to traffic in the 1970s after the big new adjacent motorway bridge was completed. For many years, the …
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Great new options for Bike the Bridge 2015 – let’s do it!

Great new options for Bike the Bridge 2015 - let's do it!Exciting news from Bike the Bridge and Auckland Transport about this year’s event: it’s been made even friendlier for every kind of rider, with options aplenty for all. Take part at your own pace, at your own level, and enjoy the thrill of sailing high over our beautiful harbour under your own power… for a taste of what Skypath will eventually give us every day. “Bike the Bridge is the ideal launch into a summer of cycling,” says organiser Callum McNair. The event takes place on Sunday 15 November. Not only is it a great day out, it’s for a great cause, with participants raising money to combat MS. The full ride, 22km out …
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Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge blessing ceremony – a report from Puketapapa

Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge blessing ceremony - a report from PuketapapaCycle Action’s Richard Barter went along to the dawn blessing ceremony for the spectacular new Hinaki Eel Trap Bridge in Mt Roskill’s War Memorial Park, on Friday 5 June. Here’s his report:  I had the privilege of representing Cycle Action, joining local Iwi, community leaders, engineers and contractors, at a dawn ceremony hosted by Auckland Transport to bless Hinaki Bridge, in Puketapapa Mount Roskill War Memorial Park. The bridge, which is the final link in the new Dominion Road parallel cycle routes, spans Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek) between the park and Gifford Rd. In design, it is symbolic of the woven flax eel traps traditionally used by Maori in the creek, and was designed by …
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Second Harbour Crossing To Become Reality

Second Harbour Crossing To Become RealityIn a stunning development, Ports of Auckland, NZTA, Auckland Transport, and Generation Zero have combined forces to announce a second harbour crossing that will not only render SkyPath unnecessary but also solve the Auckland housing crisis. A massive reclamation project will allow a new bridge to extend across the harbour from Silo Park to Devonport, providing eight lanes of vehicle access and two-way trams (plus Copenhagen-style bike lanes and a greenway for pedestrians) between the city and the North Shore. The bridge will be surmounted by apartment buildings in the style of Florence’s Ponte Vecchio. “The beauty of this is that it’s not in anybody’s back yard,” said Gen Zero’s Sudhvir Singh. “It’s density done well, with the bonus of water views for …
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Light up the bridge – with songs about bikes!

Light up the bridge - with songs about bikes!Have you seen the new lights on the Harbour Bridge? Better still, have you seen them dancing to music? Play the Bridge, a synchronised music and light show, runs live every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from now until April 25th, thanks to 2degrees Mobile. It’s an inspired contribution to Auckland’s 175th anniversary (as well as a hint of how cool SkyPath will look and sound the first time the Auckland bike rave flies across it!) You can watch a live feed of the lights and music at home, or gaze at the bridge from a variety of locations while listening to the synchronised music via your phone. And on Saturday nights the music is played via …
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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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SkyPath thanks you …….. why stop now!

Sunday 2pm update – Get ready for it ……….6,OOO submissions just ticked over!   Amazing news from Ryan – Gen Zero Comms Director, running this campaign with us. KEEP THOSE SUBMISSIONS COMING –  let’s show them how much we want SkyPath! Quick Submission form here.  Submission deadline is Friday, 23rd 5pm. Friday update –  We’re gobsmacked! 3,500 submissions in by 9.30pm last night to our joint Cycle Action/Gen Zero Support SkyPath campaign! Spread this blog link  – do you have friends/relations who would like to walk or cycle out to see the Harbour views when they visit Auckland – or who would love to add SkyPath to their list for …
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No fuss or delay – ride the yellow (non)-brick road !

Yesterday we brought you the report from the star team at the NZTA’s Causeway Alliance – We’re reaching an exciting stage where we can commission the Oakley Creek boardwalk…………. If you’ve been on the North-western cycleway or driven past recently I am sure you will have noticed the bright yellow railings’. Sarah has been in touch today to suggest a very informal ribbon cutting next week – Wednesday 21 Jan at 9.30am.     5.30 update – there’s been a change  to get you on the route sooner – Sarah’s just given me a call to change that to Tuesday 20 Jan at 9am – at the Waterview end of the …
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Cycling to the bridge in Sandringham

Feedback on the Sandringham Road Extension cycle lanes closes Wednesday! While the big news of course is SkyPath at the moment, that isn’t the only bridge cyclists want to get across. And the Puketapapa Local Board wants you to be able to have a better ride to one of their walking & cycling bridges – namely the Ernie Pinches Bridge across SH20 south of Sandringham. This bridge links across to New Windsor and the cycleway that runs along SH20 west and east, but is hard to get to safely from the North due to the massive roads around. The last tiny stretch has painted cycle lanes (next to the Countdown …
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Have a merry SkyPath

SkyPath, the project to add a walk & cycleway to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, has come enormously far in the last couple years – even if much of that work, after the big protest in 2009, was “behind closed doors”. Convincing decisionmakers that it was required. Convincing authorities that it was feasible. Convincing a funder that it was a worthy investment. Now, the last big step has gone public – getting resource consent. Last Friday, SkyPath was publicly notified, giving all of Auckland the chance to have their say about this game-changing project, which will both be a crucial link for our city’s sustainable transport and an iconic feature that …
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Closing a bridge, opening new paths – Waterview

Some quick updates from the cycling side of the Waterview project… The main Waterview shared path – connecting SH20’s shared path in Owairaka in the south to the Northwestern Cycleway in Waterview and Unitec in the North is on the final stretch to consenting (though it will take a few more months, at least, for the process to run its way). The AT team did a lot of legwork and design ahead of this, much of it around property acquisition / easements for the new path through private land and KiwiRail / Oakley Creek areas (image of the Soljak Bridge crossing the rail line at right). They showed the public …
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Cycle bridge: Level Copenhagen

Copenhagen has just completed its Bicycle Snake Bridge (Cykelslangen). It is an amazing piece of engineering and design which really adds to the beauty of what is already a very picturesque city. For me, being there gave me a sense of what Auckland could have been had the city taken a different approach to transport. It has a beautiful harbour and clean crisp air, not that common in Europe. What it doesnt have are huge motorways right through its heart. I was there in Summer, when the city is traditionally quiet, but the traffic was calm and often the only sound was the tinkling of bicycle bells. The Danish appeared annoyingly happy, healthy and attractive living …
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