Bridging the gap in Burswood

Bridging the gap in BurswoodLately, it’s all about the bridges, big and small – and every single one is a valuable connection. Since mid-February, the crew from Bike East Auckland have been keeping tabs on a bridge upgrade project in a local park, recently completed as part of an ongoing upgrade of the wider Cascades Shared Path network. The bridge over a stream, linking Burswood to Golflands, was widened to 2.2m with new up-to-code balustrades and smoother access at both ends. It reopened over Queens Birthday Weekend after ten weeks of work, to general jubilation. With the alternative being a long and tricky detour onto a busy highway (Ti Rakau Drive), the closure for nearly …
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NZTA reveals new design for a path across Auckland Harbour Bridge

NZTA reveals new design for a path across Auckland Harbour BridgeToday the NZ Transport Agency unveiled its preferred design for a walking and biking pathway across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, breaking the silence around the project since the government confirmed last August it would fund the crossing. Initial images show a pathway along the city side of the bridge: it’s cantilevered off the piers, and roughly level with the roadway. According to the official media release, the path echoes the shape and design of the existing bridge, with a five metre wide travel width, and three wider and spacious terraced galleries about 100m long, stepped down from the walkway and cycleway, creating a natural seating area where people can gather or pause …
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A new bridge for the Viaduct – where do the bikes go?

A new bridge for the Viaduct - where do the bikes go?You may have seen recent coverage of the proposed new bridge linking Wynyard Quarter to the Viaduct, replacing the existing bridge, which was put in place in 2009 as a 2011 Rugby World Cup ‘legacy project’. As Greater Auckland notes, the timeline for the new bridge is tight: delivery is ideally tied to the Americas’ Cup in 2021, and planning and design is already well under way. As the voice for people on bikes in Auckland, we recently sought an opportunity to give expert feedback on this vital link before the details are set in stone. Read on for our thoughts; we’re eager to hear yours, too. The context The current ‘temporary’ …
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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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