A bike parking update

A bike parking updateTravel by bicycle in Auckland is growing fast.  With cycle infrastructure providing good fast routes to locations across the city, we now need to add bike parking to match – all of those bicycles have to have a safe home whilst we are busy in the shops, offices and cafes, and we’re going to need great parking at public transport hubs, too. Matt Cole, who’s the Auckland ambassador for Bikes Welcome, gives an update below.   Over the past few months, Bikes Welcome and Bike Auckland have been working with Auckland Transport to help AT plan improved delivery of good, ‘fit for purpose’ bike parking at public transport nodes across …
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Epic fail : the rise and fall of Auckland’s best value park’n’ride

Epic fail : the rise and fall of Auckland's best value park'n'rideThis is an update on the saddest public transport and biking story in town. I was tempted to call it ‘The life and death of Auckland’s only real park-and-ride for bikes’ with credit to my spiritual mentor, Jane Jacobs, but decided that was a bit dramatic. I live in Devonport where we have a wonderful regular ferry service to downtown. it goes hand in hand with fit-for-purpose parking that has grown in the past decade to 94 bike parking spots. Did I say 94 bike parks! Yes, sirree! This is the very best park’n’ride investment in the whole of Auckland. Until recently, most of the parking was also undercover, well …
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Speaking up for ‘park and ride’ for bikes – it’s crunch time!

Speaking up for 'park and ride' for bikes – it's crunch time!Did you see the Herald story today lamenting the lack of park-and-ride space for people driving to Auckland public transport? As an AA member, I had advance notice of this story via a newsletter in my mail; it’s certainly a case to be made, and fair enough for AA to run with it on behalf of their members. Of course, the other side of the park-and-ride story is bike parking for those who cycle to public transport. We often hear from the AA that many of its Auckland members own and enjoy riding bikes, so this would be a natural component of their campaign. Bike-and-ride is not just an efficient way to …
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Big change for bike parking at Devonport Ferry Terminal

Big change for bike parking at Devonport Ferry TerminalWe’re keen to get your feedback on the new bike parking plan for Devonport’s Ferry Terminal. Read the info below, and give us your comments by Sunday 25th June! The Devonport Ferry Terminal has been bursting with the noise of jackhammers breaking out concrete. Behind the gleaming white screens erected to block off the work areas, serious work is underway on the second stage of the revamp of the rental spaces. At present, the terminal has a range of bike parking, with the most popular facilities on each side of the terminal building. They have ‘sail’ covers which give some protection from the weather and salt spray. On the north side …
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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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Space: the final frontier – how bikes free up room in cities

Space: the final frontier - how bikes free up room in citiesSome social media posts from our North Shore cohort caught our eye over the last couple of days. First, Chris Werry of Bike Devonport noticed yesterday morning that the bike racks at the ferry terminal were really, really full. So he counted the bikes: 94 of them. How many parking spaces would that have taken if each of those people had arrived in a car, he wondered? Well yes, 94 parking spaces. But what would that look like in practice? Here’s Chris’s graphic illustration of the sheer amount of prime waterfront space taken up by vehicles, versus the sheer amount of space saved when those vehicles are bikes. Two wheels good, four wheels… well, …
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Gimme shelter – new bike parking at key public transport links

Gimme shelter - new bike parking at key public transport linksThe lack of good bike parking is a universal bugbear! (See Russell Brown’s great blog post yesterday, about the ups and downs of bike-parking while shopping, with great pics from readers of how good other cities have it). Well, there’s good news from Auckland Transport about better bike parking at crucial transport hubs – we asked Scott Winton from AT to tell us more: New bike shelters have been installed at the Albany Busway Bus Station this week, to be followed by two other locations next month. Glen Innes Train Station and the Half Moon Bay Ferry terminal will also have the sleek new bike shelters installed as part of Auckland Transport’s strategy to make cycling to transport hubs throughout …
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Kaipatiki Cycling Survey

Do you live in Kaipatiki?  Do you cycle (or are you considering cycling) through Kaipatiki?  Then we want to hear from you! How can we make Kaipatiki more cycle-friendly?  How can we get more people hopping on bikes to get to the ferry terminals and shops?  How can we get our kids cycling to school and sports safely?  How can we better enjoy our parks and reserves by bike? What are the barriers to cycling in Kaipatiki and what can we do to fix them?  Do you have thoughts on the Birkenhead Bike Park?  How might SkyPath change things? So many questions, and we need to hear your answers. Please complete our survey at: …
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Sometimes it’s the small things that count…

Sometimes it’s the small things that count…Duncan Laidlaw takes stock of some small but sweet changes at his local shops: One recent Saturday, I found myself at a loose end wandering Birkenhead Village  – okay, I found myself in the village waiting for Bloom Cupcakes to open – and what I discovered was exciting, even if to the average passerby it was almost invisible. We have bike racks! They might seem like such a small part of the picture that you’d say “so what?” And indeed, I was left wondering why I got so excited that I started wandering around taking photos – and so captivated I apparently missed someone trying to catch my attention. Thinking it over since then, I have come …
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The Birkenhead Bike Park – what next?

The Birkenhead Bike Park - what next?You’ve got to raise an eyebrow at Auckland Transport every now and then.  For years we can be going on at them about a critical piece of cycling infrastructure being required somewhere, then suddenly, without warning, a magnificent bike parking structure materialises on Birkenhead Wharf! Wow, that’s great, AT.  Clearly the message about providing cycle parking at transport hubs has gotten through, but we’re a little curious about the design and placement.  So are the locals.  In fact they’re more than curious, they’re ropable. They want a more appropriate bike parking facility built closer to the ferry terminal, and the current one removed.  It’s causing a lot of angst in …
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Step up, University of Auckland – secure bike storage needed now!

Step up, University of Auckland - secure bike storage needed now!We’re seeing activism for bikes all over Auckland, and we’re loving it. Sadly the genesis of this story comes from a troubled place. Bike theft at the University of Auckland has reached outrageous levels… but the powers that be (in the form of the security service, UniSafe) are not showing much interest. Apparently CCTV for bike storage areas is not in their ‘can do’ tool box. We’re hoping a bit of publicity and united voices will help a bastion of this town  notice that life on campus doesn’t always match its ‘world ranked’ rhetoric, nor its status as, ideally, one of the most inventive and forward-thinking places in the city. The …
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An ode to mixing cycling with public transport

An ode to mixing cycling with public transportI’ve relied on my bike and public transport to get around Auckland without a car for about 6 years. Whizzing on my bike from my house on Mt Victoria to the ferry, waving to mates doing coffee on mainstreet cafes, is how I start most days. When I’m at our Waiheke place, my ride is a bit longer and even more rewarding – riding from Palm Beach to Matiatia connects me with even more people, sights and sounds. Love it! Chatting to other people with bikes parked beside mine on ferries or on trains teaches me about priorities for Cycle Action’s work. I know most people don’t need or have …
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5 days decides our fate!

5 days decides our fate!How’s this for commitment? All this week at dawn AT staff will be waiting for you to turn up with your bike at Queens Wharf to trial and vote for the new bike parking gear you most like. Call in to see them between 7am-9am. Your vote will help decide which gear is installed in 4 new pilot bike shelters about to be built for people who use buses, ferries and trains. The online survey is live for this week and next weekend, and has a series of pages so make sure you click through them. Here’s the story – AT is working with Cycle Action to build 4 pilot …
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Auckland’s Next Top Bike Rack: Visit and Vote!

Auckland's Next Top Bike Rack: Visit and Vote!Cycle commuters: you know you’ve really arrived when there isn’t anywhere to park your bike. And nowhere more so than at the Downtown Ferry Terminal! Which is why Auckland Transport has chosen that spot to try out some new bike racks and get your feedback on what works best. The bike rack trial runs all next week, May 4-8th and will feature five different styles (see photos below) so you can truly compare what works for you and your bike. There’ll be AT staff on site 7am – 9am, Monday to Friday, to help out during the morning rush and explain any unfamiliar equipment (can’t wait to see how that double-decker rack works!). They’re also there to record your thoughts …
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Bikes love local businesses – time for more vice-versa?

Bikes love local businesses - time for more vice-versa?Of all the arguments in favour of encouraging city cycling, perhaps the hardest for some people to swallow is that bikes are good for business. Why? Because many business owners believe that parking and cars  – rather than the people who arrive in cars – are the main source of their business. Parking, in particular, is a sacred cow of epic proportions, and it’s an article of faith among some retailers that taking away parking spots to improve safe passage for people on bikes will result in the rapid decline of any nearby business. But the research firmly says otherwise. This article looks at a recent collation of 12 studies on …
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