Light Rail for the Isthmus… with room for bikes! A Bike AKL proposal

Light Rail for the Isthmus... with room for bikes! A Bike AKL proposalUpdated: we’ve launched a petition to gather public support for bikeways on Dominion Road along with light rail. It’s the smartest way to protect the hundreds of people who already bike along this iconic street, and the best way to future-proof our city and leverage this once-in-a-generation investment, by allowing thousands more people to bike safely to and along our flattest, most direct, and most delicious boulevard. If you share our vision for safe cycling on Dominion Road, please add your name to the petition – then share the link and pass on the good news! Light Rail (LRT) across the isthmus and to the airport is a hot topic, and Bike …
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Bike bright on winter nights – a seasonal visit from the Bike-Light Fairy

Bike bright on winter nights - a seasonal visit from the Bike-Light FairyA friend of CAA, Zane, writes about an unlikely superhero hitting the streets as the winter nights draw in, determined to make sure those on bikes sparkle safely.  Daylight savings hit this week like a black cloak, making it even more important to think about Biking Bright. One lone Auckland Transport Cycling ambassador headed out on Tuesday and Wednesday evening as the sun set. His task: to make sure those mounting their humble steeds at public transport hubs or out on the roads got home safely to their loved ones. Armed with a handful of small ‘safety’ lights (designed to make you visible to others), some 20% off vouchers for better lights (designed to light …
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Dominion Rd revamp – it seems everyone deserves transport choice, except cyclists

Update – in case you missed it, Transport Blog dealt with other aspects of this debacle, which has attracted outrage about the cycling aspects as well. Check it out. Today’s Herald story refers to concerns we have with the revamp planned for Dominion Rd. AT’s drawing below shows how good the completed project will be. Interestingly, it has no cyclists anywhere in the frame. This is rare, when you consider how bikes and cyclists feature commonly in all sorts of promotional material (AT publications, retirement villages, health companies) to convey how ‘cool’ and ‘desirable’ the product is. The project has been in the pipeline for some years, dating from Auckland …
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Cycling and business

This article in the Guardian newspaper in the UK explains why US business leaders are jumping on board the cycling band wagon (or cargo bike). This is not because they have suddenly all become hippies with flowers in their hair. No, it is because (just like the retailers on Fort Street – see below) they have discovered that cyclists are good for business. Support for this comes from this (19 page PDF) study from People For Bikes and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. One of the main quotes is: that wide streets with fast-moving car traffic tend to depress property values, while buildings on streets with new bicycle facilities …
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New Zealand’s First Cycle Boulevard

By Paul Shortland, Deputy Chair CAA Construction on New Zealand’s first cycle boulevard is due to commence this summer with completion due mid 2014. The concept and consultation phase of the Dominion Road project, including the parallel cycle routes has now ended, and the project moves into the next phase of detailed design, tendering and construction. The community will be able to enjoy the cycle routes well before the completion of the main corridor scheme. Whilst the decision to not include cycle lanes on Dominion Road was a blow, particularly for commuter cyclists, CAA was determined to work constructively with AT to get a good outcome on the next best …
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Dominion Road – A Progression Of Disappointments

Guest blog by James S. As someone who lives in the wider Dominion Road area, I was asked by CAA if I wanted to do a guest post on the recently announced changes to the road, and what I thought of them. If you’re completely new to the Dominion Road plans then they might sound quite good. They will include better bus lanes, more amenities for pedestrians and some back-road cycleways. What’s not to like? But what makes the Dominion Road decision depressing is that if you look closely, in many ways it represents a real loss for cycling and cyclists in Auckland. To explain why I have to delve …
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The Dominion Road Decision

You may have heard of the decision to proceed with an $47 million upgrade of Dominion Road. What may not be obvious – especially when reading about how positively various groups reacted – is that this project is actually a significant cutback from an earlier proposal, which was costed at approximately $100 million. Auckland Transport’s Board decided that due to the high costs (the extra $53 million) involved in relocating the kerbs and underground services, they will now leave widening of most of the corridor’s bus lanes to an unspecified future time. This is a major disappointment for cycling, and also a concern for public transport, as buses and cyclists …
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