Crumbs! Things are looking up for bike parking

Crumbs! Things are looking up for bike parkingWe know Aucklanders who travel using a mixture of bikes, ferries, trains and buses have been starving for good secure, undercover bike racks at public transport terminals and stations since AT was formed, nearly 10 years ago. We share your suffering and frustration! It’s annoying that all along, the barrier has been money – quality bike parking simply didn’t rate for the AT people allocating budgets. This blind spot has become ever more glaring as we all celebrate Aucklanders flocking to the public transport network.  Bikes are the key to a healthy, versatile, efficient and well-used public transport network – something the Dutch know well, given half of their train journeys begin with …
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Join us to talk bike parking at Devonport Ferry Terminal

Join us to talk bike parking at Devonport Ferry TerminalOn the first Thursday of each month, Bike Auckland convenes a casual breakfast meet-up at different cafes around the central city. It’s timed to be convenient for people to drop in on their way to work etc, and sometimes includes free coffees. We’re shaking things up a bit location-wise – this month’s Bike Breakfast is Thursday 4 April, 7.30am-9am at Devon on the Wharf in Devonport. (Note:The kitchen opens at 8am if you’re planning on having a cooked breakfast.) Everyone’s welcome, as always. We’re particularly keen to meet people interested in the topic of bike parking on the wharf, and how the recent changes have affected your experience. We know …
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A coat check for your bike: Bike Auckland launches Bike Valet

A coat check for your bike: Bike Auckland launches Bike ValetNext time you ride your treasured treadlie to an event, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a friendly someone at the entrance to take it off your hands, park it securely, keep an eye on it and then hand it back when you’re ready to leave, at no cost to you? Well, now there will be. Bike Auckland is launching a Bike Valet service this weekend at the eBike Expo. Expect to see it at festivals, concerts, sports fixtures, expos and all sorts of other public events this summer and beyond. Bike Valet replaces a service formerly offered by Auckland Transport, which supports the new offering. It can be …
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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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