Feedback closes today! The Victoria Street Cycleway

Feedback closes today! The Victoria Street CyclewayVictoria Street is one of the key routes into the city from the western suburbs – but what with heavy traffic, huge intersections, and heaps of buses in the mix, you only see the more intrepid bike riders on it. So it’s fantastic that Auckland Transport, as part of the Urban Cycleway Programme, is proposing to add cycle lanes along Victoria from Beaumont Street to Hobson Street, creating a key link to the new Franklin Rd semi-protected cycle lanes and a future College Hill Route into the City. This is one of the best cycleway designs we’ve seen for Auckland in recent years. Most importantly, it includes protected one-way cycle lanes – as opposed to shared paths, or two-way paths …
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A link for the loop: Upper Queen St improvements

A link for the loop: Upper Queen St improvementsHere’s a quick one. Remember about a year ago we blogged about the situation on the Upper Queen Street bridge? Kudos to Pippa Coom and the Waitemata Local Board for pursuing this issue – AT is proposing a new ‘leg’ for the crossing at Canada St. Consultation is now up and running, and closes on 8 February. The good news: this will create a more direction connection between Lightpath and Grafton Gully – which means, once the lower section of Nelson St is finished, we’ll essentially have a full loop of stress-free off-road cycleway encircling the central city. Woohoo! Here’s the consultation page. (Scroll down and click the through to the quick and easy feedback form.) And here’s a PDF of the design: upper-queen-street-canada-street-consultation-plan – see below …
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From Gladstone Rd to St Stephens Ave – the ups ands downs of the Parnell Cycleway

From Gladstone Rd to St Stephens Ave - the ups ands downs of the Parnell CyclewayCycleway consultations are coming thick and fast at the moment, and no wonder, because the ‘must be built by mid 2018‘ deadline for the Urban Cycleway Programme is getting closer and closer! The initial key route for the Eastern inner suburbs runs through the eastern part of Parnell, starting at the intersection with Parnell Road, and then running along St Stephen’s Ave, down Gladstone Road past the Rose Gardens, reaching the Quay Street Cycleway via a short section of The Strand. Here’s the project page, and here’s the link for feedback (closes 23 December 2016). And here’s the route up for discussion… This cycleway is intended to serve a number of functions – …
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Consultation open on Westhaven to City

Consultation open on Westhaven to CityAmongst the flurry of consultations happening before Christmas is this route linking Westhaven to the city. Feedback is open until Sunday 18 December 2016 – so get in quick before the festive season lands on us! Here’s the area under discussion. As you can see, the green line is the current approach – a waterfront ride via North Wharf and the Te Wero Bridge. (Note also the orange section, which will be consulted on early next year. To be honest, we’re a bit more excited about that bit, as it sounds like AT may go for stronger protection here to provide connections to Quay St from the next stage of the Nelson St Cycleway – also due to …
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Slow and steady wins the race in Herne Bay

Slow and steady wins the race in Herne BayOver the last couple of years, the new Urban Cycleway Fund has begun to deliver big, eye-catching, protected and dedicated cycleways like Lightpath, Quay Street and Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive. But urban cycling also means neighbourhoods that are safer and more pleasant to ride in. And when we have thousands of kilometres of roads to retro-fit over the coming decades, those smaller local projects are crucial. Cue the Herne Bay Residential Streets project. Originally shown on the maps as a single line – part of the wider planned cycle network from Pt Chev to the city – this has now grown into an area-wide approach. Auckland Transport is now proposing to treat all local roads in this area to …
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Chime in on a gorgeous new K Rd – feedback closes Sunday 20 Nov

Chime in on a gorgeous new K Rd - feedback closes Sunday 20 NovUpdate: The consultation on the Karangahape Rd enhancement project is now closed. More than 1680 people provided feedback – mighty effort, folks! We’ll keep you updated about developments. By way of a refresher, here’s our earlier blog post on the details. This is already a popular route, with an average of 500 riders a day and hooked in to the growing network of proper bike lanes – and we picture it being even more popular with these great improvements! Now is the time to get it over the line, and stiffen some spines (because like any transformative project it will have its detractors) and celebrate what will be a real step-change for this wonderful …
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My heart on my sleeve for bike lanes in my ‘hood

My heart on my sleeve for bike lanes in my 'hoodWhen new bike lanes come to town – like the current Inner West Safe Routes proposal – we like to dig deep into the infrastructure implications. And we nudge you to support the proposals in principle, as a path to a better, more bikeable city. But to truly understand how transformative a proposal is, there’s nothing like hearing firsthand from the people whose lives it will change. Bike Auckland member (and co-inventor of Friding) Greg Wood lives in Westmere with his young family. His Facebook post this morning sums it up better than we could, so we’re sharing it here unedited… in the hope it will inspire you to add your support before midnight tonight! …
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Grey Lynn Greenways: a quick look at Route 3

Grey Lynn Greenways: a quick look at Route 3Consultation closes at midnight tonight, Friday 21 October – but we have time for a quick look at Route 3 of the current omnibus consultation for the Inner West: the Grey Lynn Greenway. This section has a bit of a head-start, thanks to some recent path-widening through Cox’s Bay Reserve, Hakanoa Reserve, and Grey Lynn Park. Big ups to the Waitemata Local Board for their work on the parks part of this project! Now it’s Auckland Transport’s turn to join the gaps along the lovely leafy streets, as shown on the map below. Our concerns Overall, from a biking perspective, the proposal is generally a promising one, and we like the idea of neighborhood streets forming part of …
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Reshaping the school run? Cycleways for Surrey, Old Mill, Garnet

Reshaping the school run? Cycleways for Surrey, Old Mill, GarnetOf the four new routes currently being consulted on in Grey Lynn, the Surrey Cres-Old Mill Rd-Garnet Rd one is the longest and one of the most interesting. It runs directly past two primary schools, lots of houses, and small groups of corner shops – the latter often marking ‘ghost stops’ along the old tram line: friendly neighbourhood places to buy tobacco and a newspaper in the morning, or pick up your shopping on the way home from work. It’s nice to think of those shops as pins on the map for the idea of a city organized around public transport and local community… biding time and holding space until it comes back into fashion. At first …
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K Road – the Pink Jewel In the Bike Crown?

K Road - the Pink Jewel In the Bike Crown?We’ve got Lightpath and QuayPath, and we’re in the middle of sorting out a whole set of connected Inner West bikeways. And soon we’ll open the first stage of our newest bike superhighway from Glen Innes to the city. Now, the most exciting, most transformative route is about to launch into the wider public’s view. K Road’s protected cycle lanes will not only form the very heart of our growing bike network, but are also our next step towards bringing real European-style cycleways to Auckland. It’s been a while coming. Spearheaded by a fantastic Generation Zero initiative that laid the groundwork for a supportive local community, just in time for it to become part of …
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Quick submit – have your say on the Grey Lynn bike lanes!

Quick submit – have your say on the Grey Lynn bike lanes!As you know, Auckland Transport is consulting on four new safe bike routes from the city to and through Grey Lynn. Even if that’s not where you live, it’s exciting and worth supporting. Why? Because a more bikeable city starts with  creating bikeable neighbourhoods and joining them together.  The bike lanes you support today will, sooner or later, come to where you are – and we all want them to be the best they can be. Feedback closes Friday 21 October. Naturally, we’ll be making detailed submissions and blogging about the essentials of each route (see Great North Rd and Richmond Rd for starters).  But what if you’ve only got a wee minute, and just want to support these neighbourhood …
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Rolling on Richmond Road – Halfway there!

Rolling on Richmond Road - Halfway there!We’ve covered the proposed Great North Road bikeway; now let’s move on to another route in Auckland Transport’s current inner west consultation, for which feedback closes Friday 21 October: Richmond Road. To skip straight to the feedback suggestions, click here – or read on for the surprising history of this route. This one is a bit of a ‘time warp’ for Bike Auckland. A few years ago, we were approached by an AT manager we’d worked with on a few smaller bike projects, who said that maintenance works were planned for Richmond Rd, and they were thinking about adding bike lanes while they were at it. Of course we responded enthusiastically! We’ve long encouraged Auckland Transport to see road renewals as not just about gleaming new …
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Make Great North Road great again!

Make Great North Road great again!Great North Road: so called because, once upon a time before the Harbour Bridge, it was the main route northward out of Auckland (a counterpart to the Great South Road). Generally, however, GNR meanders mostly westward. From its beginnings at Karangahape Road, you can feel its origins as a straight old tramline street along the ridge. This broad multimodal boulevard served and boosted the growth of the new European Auckland – and because of its gentle gradient, it was always a favourite of cyclists too. And then of course we went and ripped out the trams, reappointed it as four lanes of traffic and a wide median, and turned it over to cars driving to far-away suburbs and shopping malls. …
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Here come the bike lanes! Grey Lynn, Arch Hill and Westmere

Here come the bike lanes! Grey Lynn, Arch Hill and WestmereFeedback is now invited on the cycling improvements through Grey Lynn, Arch Hill, and Westmere, with consultation now extended until midnight Friday 21st October. HERE’S THE LIGHTNING-QUICK WAY TO MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT!  As you can see from the map below (click to enlarge), this is a vital extension beyond the CBD, designed after the extensive feedback exercise earlier in the year. It features new dedicated bike lanes along the ridge route of Great North Road and reaching well into Westmere and Grey Lynn, where they’ll complement enhanced greenways. All projects are scheduled to be completed by 2018. With substantial benefits for pedestrians and public transport, and slower traffic speeds, these are really exciting steps towards a bikeable Auckland! AT …
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New blue bike parking – a moveable feast

New blue bike parking – a moveable feastBike parking is one of those things you don’t notice… unless it isn’t there (or it’s there, but kind of terrible). Asking ‘how do I get more and better bike parking in my neighbourhood?’ is how Jena first made contact with the local bike advocacy scene when she arrived in Auckland from Canada. (If that’s your first question too, read right through to the end of this post for useful info). One thing led to another, and now – as a member of the Walking and Cycling team at Auckland Transport – Jena has become something of a bike parking guru. You might have spotted the new blue parking racks in Britomart, as part of the …
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