Safer speeds – and not a moment too soon!

Safer speeds - and not a moment too soon!Consultation is open until 31 March 2019 on a new Speed Management Bylaw that will give Auckland Transport the power to set safe and appropriate speeds across the city. Bike Auckland stands with a broad coalition of advocacy groups working for safer streets and better quality of life in New Zealand, in supporting this bylaw and the introduction of safe speeds for Auckland.  Late last year, when the consultation was briefly delayed, this coalition came together to encourage the Board and AT to hold to the vision. (Here’s the letter we sent: Safe Speeds Support) We hope Auckland Transport’s safer speeds campaign will be the start of a more ambitious Vision …
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Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu South

Survivable speeds, liveable streets for Te Atatu SouthAs part of a citywide push for safer streets, Auckland Transport is consulting on a 30kmh neighbourhood in Te Atatu South, just south of SH16. See project page here, and a map of the area under discussion here. This is great news: speed limits set the vibe for neighbourhoods. Not only will a 30kmh zone save lives by putting local wellbeing before rat-running, and people and pets over cars – it’s also the key to friendlier streets, quieter traffic and cleaner air. And, by encouraging more kids to walk and bike to school, it creates a healthier community for eveyone. This alone will be life-changing for Te Atatu South. But wait, there’s more! We …
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Speaking the same language on safety

Speaking the same language on safetyWe welcome Auckland Transport’s recent media release last week, acknowledging the horrific increase since 2014 in deaths and serious injuries for people using AT’s road network (as laid out in the independent safety report commissioned by the AT board). It’s painful but necessary to have this out in the open, and Greater Auckland covered the topic well in a recent blog post.  We especially welcome the proposed response, which is that AT will massively ramp up its spending to create safer roads, joining Minister Genter’s commitment to Vision Zero. I’m keen to hear from you how the extra cycling safety dollars could be used most effectively. While you think about it, I’d like …
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Sometimes it’s personal (it’s always personal)

Sometimes it's personal (it's always personal)A good friend of Bike Auckland got skittled on Onewa Road on Wednesday night. He’s okay – well, he’s alive and recovering. The shock of the incident led to a conversation within our team that we wanted to share with you, below. And then came the tragic news of a car vs bike fatality on Te Atatu Rd on Thursday evening, which made it all the more horribly relevant. We are absolutely heartbroken for everyone involved, and for our Bike Te Atatu whanau who have worked so hard over so many years to try and make changes to prevent exactly this from happening. Every time an Aucklander – a family member, …
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Great teamwork! Improved safety soon at Ngapipi Rd/ Tamaki Drive!

Great teamwork! Improved safety soon at Ngapipi Rd/ Tamaki Drive!It’s just over a month since we published our video and blog post highlighting the alarming situation on Tamaki Drive at Ngapipi Rd. As seen in the video, citybound bike folk on Tamaki Drive have to make fearsome hair-raising manoeuvres to get past the Ngapipi Rd intersection, across motorists exiting from Ngapipi Rd via the slip lane. That video – and your vociferous feedback about it – was absolutely crucial in persuading Auckland Transport that an interim fix is urgently needed, in addition to the planned full signalising of this intersection. The large-scale signalizing works need resource consent, which will be publicly notified soon. AT recognises that the work will focus attention on the current pinchpoint …
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Northern Mt Albert – put the ‘local’ back into the ‘local streets’

Northern Mt Albert – put the 'local' back into the 'local streets'Do you live in, or travel through, the northern Mt Albert area, between Unitec / Carrington Road to the west and St Lukes Road in the east? Take a step (out of the car) and walk or cycle these streets, and you’ll quickly notice two things: it’s a gorgeous wee residential enclave, and the 1950s road design has left the suburb with lots of excessively wide streets, ripe for transforming into four-lane highways (just in case), with intersections large enough to handle truck-and-trailer combos and big enough to whip a car around at speed. While the footpaths generally tend to be okayish and are shaded by beautiful trees, all that asphalt from gutter …
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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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