Today of all days, a world-first transport policy for Auckland!

Today of all days, a world-first transport policy for Auckland!Auckland looks set to lead the world – and flood the streets with bikes – thanks to a revolutionary funding idea that would see every citizen given a free bicycle or the equivalent. Documents have been obtained today by Bike Auckland that outline a policy to reallocate the funding set aside for building cycling infrastructure. …
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Bikes are fun(ded)! The plan for Auckland as a cycling city

Bikes are fun(ded)! The plan for Auckland as a cycling cityUnless you’ve been totally out of media range, you’ll have heard about ATAP: a short acronym for the biggest change in AKL’s transport planning for decades, the Auckland Transport Alignment Project. The news stories have focused mainly on public transport: all the new light rail lines, busways and other improvements on the way. On this score, our …
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Help set the scene for cycling for the next 10 years!

Help set the scene for cycling for the next 10 years!The GPS (Government Policy Statement) for Land Transport sets the nationwide direction for transport investment for the next decade. The Government wants feedback on its new draft from local government, the transport sector and community groups – and individuals are also welcome to have a say. This is your chance to be the change you wish to …
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AT’s Community Bike Fund – Round 2 opens

AT's Community Bike Fund - Round 2 opensAuckland Transport’s fund for supporting community bike activities has just announced its second round – applications are open from now until Thursday 5 April. Applicants may apply for grants from a minimum of $300 to a maximum of $5,000. (Groups with no formal legal structure can apply for a grant up to $1,000.) You’ll find out …
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AT’s new Community Bike Fund – get into it!

AT's new Community Bike Fund - get into it!Some great news, especially for our Bike Burbs and other local heroes out there getting stuff done: Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling department has opened up a special funding pool to encourage community bike events. As AT’s Walking, Cycling, and Road Safety manager Kathryn King said, ‘Many community organisations have great ideas to get more …
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Bikes in the news: from the margins to the centre

Bikes in the news: from the margins to the centreJust us, or… is there a bit of a tone-shift lately in the way bikes are being covered in the news? Matt Heath’s Herald column in praise of Lightpath made us smile on a Monday morning. Admittedly, it’s hard not to break out in a grin when you read a description like this: I know it had to close …
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How the UCF lolly scramble worked – and how it will transform Auckland

How the UCF lolly scramble worked - and how it will transform AucklandWe sent Bruce Copeland on a road trip to Rotorua last Thursday to represent Cycle Action at the announcement of the second tranche of funding for the Urban Cycleways Fund (UCF). Here’s his report on what it all means for biking in Auckland: Last Thursday had the feel of watching history in the making: at long last some serious …
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Sam Gray: Off to the World Championships

Sam Gray: Off to the World ChampionshipsAlthough Cycle Action is all about everyday, transport cycling, we are always happy to see a New Zealander doing well in the world of sport cycling. Belmont local Samantha Gray has been selected by Cycling New Zealand as a wildcard to compete at the UCI Amateur Road World Championships in Denmark in September, and she needs to …
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Closing today – submit for the best-ever cycling budget!

Closing today - submit for the best-ever cycling budget!Consultation closes today at 4pm today on the Council’s killer budget for cycling. It’s desperate, nail chewing stuff ! Shape Auckland gives you two options: a Basic Budget, (which knifes cycling and public transport), or the Auckland Plan Transport Network budget, which says we can have it all – more cycling, public transport and a hefty dose …
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Wanted: one fairy godmother on a bike (plus the Essential Transport Budget)

Wanted: one fairy godmother on a bike (plus the Essential Transport Budget)Remember when buses and trains were the Cinderella of Auckland’s transport system, sitting sadly in the cold kitchen, out of the limelight, at the mercy of ugly stepsisters who zipped off to the ball in their single-occupant vehicles. “Why waste money on slow, grimy machines?” went the reasoning. “Especially for a few sad punters who can’t afford cars or are too old or …
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Fixing Auckland’s Transport: The 10-Year Budget 2015-2025

Fixing Auckland's Transport: The 10-Year Budget 2015-2025What: Auckland Conversation’s event on “Transport in Auckland – The 10-Year Budget Proposal” When: Monday, 2 March 2015 5:00 p.m Where: Lower NZI Conference Room, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive Auckland is the country’s fastest growing region with transport considered the single biggest issue. Major investment will be needed in the next decade to avoid worsening congestion and …
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Have a merry SkyPath

SkyPath, the project to add a walk & cycleway to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, has come enormously far in the last couple years – even if much of that work, after the big protest in 2009, was “behind closed doors”. Convincing decisionmakers that it was required. Convincing authorities that it was feasible. Convincing a funder …
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Economic benefits of cycling

From much of the rhetoric heard around cycling, you would think that it was an activity that required huge amounts of spending with very little economic return. However, the clear evidence is very much in favour of the opposite view. The investment needed to encourage cycling as an everyday activity is tiny compared to roading or public …
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Want More Transport Investment? Be Prepared to Pay for It

Aucklanders  are being asked to get their minds around a couple of important decisions following the release of the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report, by the Independent Advisory Board (IAB). CAA was one of the stakeholders which contributed to the report. The full report can be found at: shapeauckland.co.nz Whats it all about and what …
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