More local links and safe school routes for Mt Roskill!

More local links and safe school routes for Mt Roskill!Good things are happening in Mt Roskill, where years of dedicated advocacy and action just keep bearing fruit. The Puketapapa Local Board under former and current leadership have been exceptional champions for local walking and cycling access, as seen in the links to SH20’s big bikeway and the recent flowering of the spectacular Te Auauanga …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Beyond separation anxiety: traffic calming & self-enforcing streets

Beyond separation anxiety: traffic calming & self-enforcing streetsA guest blog by Mat Collins, engineer and cycling dad, on quick cheap and local alternatives to fully separated bike lanes.   Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’ll be no surprise that the most commonly identified barrier between people and their use of the humble bicycle as a regular mode of transport is the …
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The Bikeable Back Yard – How the Inner West Will Be Won!

The Bikeable Back Yard - How the Inner West Will Be Won!UPDATE: Consultation closes soon on the Pt Chev to City safe cycle routes! Here’s the link for online feedback – or you can use the leaflet sent out by mail/ picked up from your local library. Please send your feedback in by the extended deadline-  end of Tuesday 5 April. What routes you and your family and …
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Ngapipi Road, Tamaki Drive – Russian Roulette with delays!

Ngapipi Road, Tamaki Drive - Russian Roulette with delays!Another person on a bike has been injured at Auckland’s worst cycling blackspot, Tamaki Drive / Ngapipi Road. Details are sketchy so far, but it seems that despite the crash involving a truck – many a cyclist’s greatest crash nightmare – the cyclist came away with “only” minor injuries. We sincerely hope that the reporting is …
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Franklin, my dears: we do give a damn

Franklin, my dears: we do give a damnWe all share a love of bikes and the joy and freedom of riding around Auckland.  Cycle Action is about celebrating and evangalising this lifestyle, of course. But we’re also about the gritty grind of advocating for better street design, so that the 60% of Aucklanders who say they would ride if there was safe …
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Northcote Safe Cycle Route Update – a pragmatic win

Northcote Safe Cycle Route Update - a pragmatic winIt’s a sad fact of life for engineers designing cycling infrastructure that the sacred cow of on-street parking frequently frustrates good design.  We see vociferous opposition from residents and businesses to the loss of car parking everywhere we turn – from Carlton Gore Rd to Franklin Rd to Westhaven Drive/Beaumont St to of course Queen …
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Getting better, the further you go… Carlton Gore Road

Getting better, the further you go... Carlton Gore RoadOne of the more hopeful trends in Auckland’s “three step forwards, two steps back” cycling world is that things do get better. You can often tell the quality of a cycling design from the date on the plans – or the other way around. Plans created 3 years ago but only now being built often already …
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UPDATED – Obesity and cycling: The NZ disconnect

UPDATED UPDATE: And Chris Boardman in the UK has also named cycling as a great way to combat obesity. UPDATE: I thought this post deserved a bump when I saw this article by obesity.org which states that: New research ties bike-friendly infrastructure changes in United States cities to increases in “active commuting” by bike-riding residents, …
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