Project Watch – February 2019

Project Watch - February 2019Welcome to our new Project Watch feature – a monthly round-up of Auckland’s progress (or lack thereof) towards being a great place to bike. These monthly round-ups will highlight what’s happening with key cycling-related projects across the city. Our information comes from public sources, as well as from our regular meetings and close working relationships with the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport, and Auckland Council, among other partners. We’ll strive to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible, and we warmly welcome your thoughts and questions. To kick things off, we ran a survey to find out what you most want to hear about, and you came in loud and clear! Whenever …
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2018: A Year in Review

2018: A Year in ReviewWell, nobody can say 2018 was a dull year for cycling in Auckland. It featured a few big victories, some typical setbacks, and some unexpected happenings, both good and bad. And above all, biking to grow in momentum, diversity, and style, and give us all a lot of joy. So here’s to 2018! Let’s scroll through the calendar and capture some of the highlights… It was a heated start to the year: we’d only started our summer holidays when news arrived that works on the Quay Street Stage II bikeway expansion had been (temporarily) halted by protesters, As we explained in a blog post and an article for The Spinoff, …
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Riding the trails these holidays? There’s an app for that

Riding the trails these holidays? There's an app for thatIf you’re heading to any of the Great Rides of the NZ Cycle Trail this summer, consider getting the Great Rides app. Billed as New Zealand’s only mobile app for all the Great Rides, it’s packed with information about the 22 trails and the services available along them. It also works offline, letting you track your progress in the saddle. And it’s free. The Great Rides app was launched last year by trail designer and cartographer Gary Patterson. Since then, Gary has added the Heaphy Track and other bonus trails, plus more than 100 individual trail section maps and descriptions. All up, the app now has more than 1500 pages …
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All smiles at the Ian McKinnon Drive cycleway opening

All smiles at the Ian McKinnon Drive cycleway openingIt was all smiles and all kinds of bike styles at the opening of the latest link in the bike network on Friday 30 November. The prize: 800m of brand new smooth wide path at the city end of the Northwestern Cycleway, which crucially cuts out the up-and-over on the Newton Rd viaduct and shaves two and a half minutes off the journey. Officially, this is known as the Ian McKinnon Drive Cycleway – although, as several people noted, it really needs a catchier name, probably one without ‘drive’ in it! (One suggestion we quite liked, via Twitter: given it’s at the top end of Dominion Road and the man …
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The Bike Party of the Year is coming at you…

The Bike Party of the Year is coming at you…Love your bike? Love to party? We’ve got the event for you: Lightpath Festival 2018. This year’s edition of the festival, our annual celebration of Te Ara I Whiti, kicks off at 5pm on Saturday, 1 December. It will be the bike party of the year: music, food, games, freebies, performance art, a pop-up bike lane, a Lightpath parade, craft beer, free bike trials and more, all on and around the jewel in Auckland’s cycling crown. It’s family-friendly and it’s free. Here’s what to expect: • Join in on your favourite dance numbers with the YMCA Auckland-City Y Gold dance group performing at the main stage at 5:30pm. • Roll or walk …
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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 city of vital villages: fresh designs for Grey Lynn – and beyond

A city of vital villages: fresh designs for Grey Lynn – and beyondCities: sometimes they barely inch forward… and other times they proceed by leaps and bounds. And sometimes, when a place is catching up with what its people need, it’s leaning into the future, dragging its heels, and being blown inexorably forward – all at once. Consider this transformational triple-whammy: Searches on Trade Me for e-bikes shot up by 40% in seven days. New fuel tax, spring weather, seeing your friend on one – who knows? It’s happening. And with already roughly 40,000 e-bikes on our streets, the electric vehicle revolution is already here. Enter the shared e-scooters: a whole new species of nimble transport. Neither fully at home on the …
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