City Centre Masterplan refresh: A Bike AKL feedback guide

City Centre Masterplan refresh: A Bike AKL feedback guideThe City Centre Masterplan refresh is up for consultation, closing Friday 18 October, and we encourage you to add your voice. For context, check out our blog post on the history of this plan, and what’s been achieved so far, especially in terms of making the central city better for people on bikes. Below, you’ll find our feedback on the current refresh. Feel free to use it as a guideline for your own feedback! You can see all the official consultation info here, and use the button below to go straight to the feedback form. Feedback closes Friday 18 October!  Bike AKL feedback on the City Centre Masterplan refresh 2019 …
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A Masterplan for a wheel-planned city centre (Blast From the Past)

A Masterplan for a wheel-planned city centre (Blast From the Past)Some seven years after it was first prepared, the blueprint for Auckland’s heart – the City Centre Masterplan – is getting a refresh. NOTE: feedback closes Friday 18 October, so have your say if you haven’t already! Check out our feedback guide over here. In the years since that 2012 plan, the city centre has grown massively in population. With resident numbers more than doubling from 24,000 to 55,000, if the City Centre were a separate entity, it would now almost be in the top 10 cities in New Zealand. The City Centre obviously already has some advantages when it comes to bikeways. Many other parts of Auckland lacking any …
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Federal Street: tactical urbanism works!

Federal Street: tactical urbanism works!In March 2018, a trial project popped up on Federal St in the central city. With the CRL works happening on Albert Street, little old Federal St offered a parallel through-route for walking and for biking – except that it was a one-way street So the Auckland Design Office and AT added a contra-flow bike lane using planters and rubber ‘armadillos’, as well as colourful paint at intersections, and a new pedestrian crossing on Wyndham St. After six months, AT invited public feedback, and a review was undertaken (by Mackie Research) which gathered data to compare with a baseline study from June/ July 2016. Both the feedback report and the …
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Construction has begun – let’s keep K Road humming along!

Construction has begun – let's keep K Road humming along!The much anticipated Karangahape Road Enhancements are under way at last! We’re beyond excited about the makeover, which will make K’ Road even more welcoming than ever for people walking, biking, and hopping on and off buses. Hard to believe it was five long years ago when Generation Zero led the call for K’ Road bike lanes. Back then over 100 local businesses signed up in support. Now’s our chance to reward that early vote of confidence by doing our bit as nimble travellers and frequent shoppers to keep K’ Road humming during construction.  Construction has already begun at the Symonds St end (as far as Queen St), and starts at the …
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Franklin Road reopens – a boulevard with better bikeways!

Franklin Road reopens – a boulevard with better bikeways!Cycleway openings are a rare occasion this year, as delayed projects work their way through the pipeline. So it was a treat to roll along to the opening of the renewed Franklin Road last Wednesday. Of course, this wasn’t formally a cycleway project, even though the results include high-quality bike lanes. This was a massive, full-noise street renewal, undertaken from the ground up. From the underground up, in fact! This grand old street has had a nose-to-toes makeover, starting with buried utilities – no small thing, as this included separating the old combined public sewage and stormwater pipe, which had led to sewage overflowinginto the harbour when rain flooded into the pipes. …
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Cycling is “embedded” at AT – but beware the snooze button!

Cycling is "embedded" at AT – but beware the snooze button!We’ve been told that cycling (and thus, the safety of people on bikes) is now ‘embedded’ across the whole of Auckland Transport. So it came as a surprise when, in April, the Auckland City Centre Residents’ Group shared on Twitter a draft design for a rebuild of the Quay Street / Tangihua Street intersection – on Auckland’s busiest bike route – that seemed about to fly under the radar without much or any public input, including from us. Steering traffic away from the water… The image showed a proposed reconfiguration of the intersection at the Countdown supermarket corner opposite the Ports of Auckland entrance. The design followed the new intention to …
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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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