Safe speeds: Towards SkyPath and the City Centre

Safe speeds: Towards SkyPath and the City CentreOr: Herne Bay, a template for safer roads? The 2014 Urban Cycleway Fund (UCF) really kickstarted the process of an increasingly connected-up series of safe cycling routes for Auckland. Even with many routes still not built, there’s been real growth in people making more trips by bike, reflecting what is known as the ‘network effect’. We’ve supported the approach of building from the centre of the city outwards, because the centre of the Auckland Isthmus has the highest potential of people wanting to cycle, and this concentrated effect is needed to overcome the status quo in a way that a more incremental, spread-out process will not. But we also know …
Comments 5

Keep calm and carry on up Federal Street?

Keep calm and carry on up Federal Street?Earlier this year, Auckland Transport did something we’ve been asking for a long time: they built a bikeway with very little fuss, at little cost, and (relatively) fast, in partnership with the Auckland Design Office. This is the Federal Street contraflow bikeway, connecting Fanshawe Street to Victoria Street, providing more choices where people can safely ride – even up a one-way street like Federal. Impressively, this project took less than 2 years from inception to construction – when the average in Auckland is around 5 years for permanent bikeways! How was it delivered at such speed? Partly because it was constructed almost entirely with paint, planter boxes, ‘armadillo’ separators, and other …
Comments 3

A surprise bikeway for Victoria Quarter – and safer strolling, too!

A surprise bikeway for Victoria Quarter – and safer strolling, too!We have long said that there are a few (maybe quite a few!) people within Auckland Transport who would love to do a lot more to make walking and cycling safer – and all they really need is senior leadership backing them… and providing funding. We’ve also long known many passionate individuals and local groups who are keen to achieve the same things in their neighbourhoods. This blog is about what happens when those people in AT meet those people in the community, at a time when safety is finally given priority for available funding. A place full of people, opportunity, and… too much car traffic The (Western) Victoria Quarter is …
Comments 2

What’s up on K Road? Pop to the pop-up and find out!

What's up on K Road? Pop to the pop-up and find out!From Tuesday 12 June to Tuesday 19 June, a pop-up project hub will open up at 290 Karangahape Road, to share the latest designs for this exciting revamp of this iconic street. All week long, this is your chance to swing by and find out more about the much anticipated joint Auckland Transport-Auckland Council project that’s bringing protected cycleways, decluttered footpaths, peak-time busways and some fabulous design in 2019. At the pop-up, you can meet the team and check out visual displays, up-to-date project info, interactive events, and an exciting vision of Karangahape Road’s future, now just around the corner. Eager for a sneak peek? Scroll down for some pretty pretty …
Comments 3

Doing better at College (Hill) – a safer crossing for all

Doing better at College (Hill) – a safer crossing for allCollege Hill is a key route for people on bikes – but a dangerous one, with no prospect of improvement any time soon. Luckily, there are two quick consultations where we can call for change. Re-read our call for action on the first, and read on for the second… Here’s AT’s proposal for a new crossing and slow speed zone on College Hill Feedback closes Thursday 14 June Use the hot pink button to add your voice!  Here’s what we say We like the proposal, but it needs changes Please make the crossing more visible, with flashing surface lights or similar. Please remove the side islands – and please add protected bike lanes! Make the …
Comment 1

Doing better at College (Hill) – tactical bike lanes!

Doing better at College (Hill) – tactical bike lanes!College Hill is a key route for people on bikes, but a dangerous one, with no plan for protection any time soon. Luckily, we can make a difference via two current consultations. Read on for more – and then check out the other consultation here). Here’s AT’s proposal for a paid parking zone on College Hill. Feedback closes Monday 18 June. Use the hot pink button to add your voice!  Here’s what we say We don’t like the proposal. We think the priority on College Hill should be walking, biking, and buses, not car parks. We’re calling on AT to boldly prioritise safety here, rather than fiddling around the edges. Please add tactical …
Comments 0

Unclogging the NW bottleneck: A Bike Auckland proposal

Unclogging the NW bottleneck: A Bike Auckland proposalRunning alongside SH16, the Northwestern Cycleway is not only the key bike path from the western suburbs into the CBD, it’s also a crucial local connection to and between Kingsland, Eden Terrace, and Arch Hill. And it’s booming – daily bike traffic has tripled in less than five years, with a daily average of close to 1000 trips registered by the automatic bike counter near Bond St (and 1500 on the last Thursday in February!). It’s a huge success story – with a major pinch point: the section between St Lukes Rd and Newton Rd. Built in the early 2000s as a shared path for bikes and pedestrians, the width …
Comments 18

A new ‘building bike burb’ – SugarTree Cyclists

A new 'building bike burb' – SugarTree CyclistsAuckland has always been a ‘city of villages’, highly walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods, each with its own character. So it’s no surprise that all over Auckland, local bike groups are springing up – some dedicated to particular activities, and others devoted to fostering local connections and fun, in the strong tradition of ‘Bike Burbs‘ like the Puketapapa Active Transport Haven, Bike Devonport,Bike Te Atatu, and Bike Kaipatiki, just to give a few examples. Meanwhile, the residential population of Auckland’s CBD has risen eight-fold in the last two decades – and each new apartment development is practically a village unto itself (with many already building bikes into the picture). So it was only a matter …
Comments 0

Nelson St Phase 3 – linking Lightpath to the waterfront!

Nelson St Phase 3 - linking Lightpath to the waterfront!The last cycleway gap north of Nelson Street is about to be closed, and Lightpath will finally have a proper connection to the waterfront! After much discussion of possible routes, Auckland Transport has settled on a tidy zig-zag: up the west side of Market Place (hooking into the future Westhaven route), then along the north side of Customs Street West, before going up the west side of Lower Hobson Street (where it connects with the Quay Street Cycleway). As always, Bike Auckland will be providing detailed feedback to AT – and we strongly encourage you to add your support using the easy online form. Some locals may not like that Market …
Comments 3

It’s Bond. Great North Road-and-Bond.

It's Bond. Great North Road-and-Bond.Feedback is now open on Auckland Transport’s proposed design for where Great North Rd meets Bond St and Grosvenor St. Our verdict: it’s good – and will be even better with a couple of tweaks. Be sure to have your say by Sunday 3 September! Here’s our quick feedback guide… What we like – this will make the intersection safer for people on bikes. What we’d change – make it easier for people on bikes to turn right, especially to Bond Street, by adding a right turn pocket. Other comments – we think there’s space for a proper bus stop bypass. As the next feature-length item in Auckland’s cycle infrastructure line-up edges closer to release, …
Comments 9

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 …
Comments 0

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 …
Comment 1

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 – …
Comments 7

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 …
Comments 2

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 …
Comments 15